Pakistan’s parliament took up a no-confidence motion moved by opposition lawmakers on Monday (March 28) in a bid to remove Prime Minister Imran Khan, pushing the South Asian nation closer to political turmoil.
The house will begin a debate on the motion on Thursday (March 31) and a vote is to be held within seven days.
Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif read from the no-confidence motion telecast live on television.
The move comes as Pakistan faces a recurring economic crisis, with Khan’s government banking on the International Monetary Fund to release the next tranche of a $6 billion rescue package to shore up dwindling foreign currency reserves.
Khan, 69, a former captain of Pakistan’s national cricket team, lost a parliamentary majority with a series of defections from his party, and a united opposition is calling on him to step down. He has vowed to fight to stay put.
(Production: Salah Uddin, Sheree Sardar)