Serious Political Crisis

Pakistan is going through a serious political crisis fueled by the ousting of the PTI regime and the placement of the PML (N) government supported by PPP and JUI (F) among others. Although this change was brought about democratically by way of a vote of no confidence through the National Assembly but has become controversial due to several factors.  Firstly, the ousted Prime Minister insists that his removal was due to pressure from America. He conveyed to all the relevant stakeholders, including the people of Pakistan that an American diplomat had threatened the Ambassador of Pakistan to America that if the vote of no-confidence against Mr. Imran Khan (which hadn’t materialized by that time) was not successful that Pakistan may face problems and all will be forgiven if it is successful. The details of this meeting were shared by way of a cipher with the Foreign Office and the reality of this cipher had been endorsed by the National Security Committee of Pakistan. Despite that Mr. Imran Khan was removed from office and a new regime was put in its place. Secondly, the majority of the new regime comprises members who are on bail from the court including the Prime Minister and his son. Both the majority holding parties PPP and PML (N) have serious allegations of corruption against them and lost the confidence of the people due to their corruption and failure to deliver on promises. Another reason is Mr. Imran Khan’s decisions, in Pakistan’s national interest, not allowing the US to have bases on Pakistani soil, not taking a stance against Russia in the matter of the Ukraine war, not recognizing Israel, and trying to make a deal with Russia for cheaper oil in local currency.  All these matters were in line with public sentiment and interest and therefore the growing belief that Mr. Imran Khan was ousted due to American pressure has considerably hurt the public sentiment. It is also believed that this government is put in place to accept all American demands including accepting Israel as a country. After his ouster, Mr. Imran Khan launched a campaign for early elections and held public protests (Jalsas) in all the major cities of Pakistan and succeeded in gaining a large amount of public support.  Mr. Imran Khan’s long march on May 25, 2022, was attended by a large number of protesters who were dealt with in the most horrible way possible, and obstacles were placed, tear gas and rubber bullets were used to stop them from reaching Islamabad but this strategy failed miserably. In Islamabad, the long march protesters were to stage a sit-in, but Mr. Imran Khan called it off to avoid bloodshed and a conflict between the public and institutions. It is rumored that a deal was struck between the government representatives and Mr. Imran Khan and it was promised in this deal elections would be held in October 2022 while assemblies will be dissolved in six days. This regime has infuriated the public considerably and a biased view by the government will not work in their favor.  The institutions are being criticized significantly by the general public. The current situation is grim in Pakistan as it seems that the American agenda under the Col. Ralph Peter plan has been put into motion. This plan seeks to formulate greater Israel in this region and break other regional powers like Turkey, Pakistan Iran, into smaller countries. Pakistan needs to realize the grim situation that the country is in, and should ensure that it is on the right side of the game to avoid being harmed. The establishment should give heed to public sentiment and must call for re-elections as a priority because the American plan of creating a strong rift between the civilians and the institutions is underway. Right now, Imran Khan has succeeded in securing significant public support and the civilians are fast losing hope in its institutions. To curtail this boiling situation, elections should be announced and all reservations should be addressed to avoid the implementation of the American agenda.

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