The Indian government has got words of praise from an unusual quarter. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan praised India’s foreign policy, saying it benefits the country’s people.
Currently, Imran Khan’s government is in danger of being ousted from power. The opposition has called for a no-confidence motion in Pakistan’s National Assembly at the end of the month.
Imran’s praise of India’s foreign policy
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan heaped praise on the Indian government and said India’s foreign policy is independent and for the betterment of the people of the country.
The prime minister said that his foreign policy should follow India’s policy. This would also be beneficial for the people of Pakistan.
Pakistan should not support Russia.
Breaking from the tradition of not openly discussing complicated matters relating to foreign relations in public rallies, Khan mentioned that he had said “absolutely not” to the EU emissaries looking for Pakistan’s support against Russia in the Russia-Ukraine conflict because “they broke protocol by making the request”. He said that Pakistan would have gained nothing by meeting the terms of the EU’s request.
“We became part of America’s war against terror in Afghanistan and lost 80,000 people and USD 100 billion,” he said.
For the second time, he spoke against a statement by the EU and other Western countries asking Pakistan earlier this month to condemn the Russian intervention in Ukraine. In his previous address, Khan had also asked the EU if it would make a similar demand to India.
Imran is a vocal opponent of the NDA government.
Khan is a severe critic of the ruling NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But in his address at a public rally in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, he told his supporters that he would like to praise neighbouring India for following an “independent foreign policy”.
Imran’s video exposes his support for India
In a video, Pakistan PM Imran Khan could be heard saying, “Main aaj Hindustan ko daad deta hun (Today, I salute India). It has always maintained an independent foreign policy.
India is a member of the Quad Alliance, with the United States as one of its members. But India still calls itself neutral. India is importing oil from Russia, which is facing sanctions. This is because India’s foreign policy is for its people, “Imran Khan said.
In his address to a public rally in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Imran Khan told his supporters that his foreign policy would also favour the people of Pakistan.
There is no need to bow.
I haven’t bowed before anyone and will not let my nation bow either, “said Khan, who is rallying public support ahead of a no-confidence vote against him in Parliament.
Imran Khan’s remark comes even as he faces the threat of being unseated from power as several lawmakers from the ruling party withdrew their support for the Pakistan PM ahead of a no-confidence vote.
No confidence motion in Pakistan?
At the request of opposition parties who filed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan. Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker, Asad Qaiser, announced on Sunday that the assembly would meet on March 25 to consider a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The opposition slams Imran’s policy.
The assembly speaker’s decision to call the session came a day after the joint opposition slammed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government for allegedly attempting to postpone the crucial session under the guise of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Islamabad on March 22-23.
The opposition leader and PPP chief, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, had even threatened to disrupt the session by staging a sit-in in front of the assembly.
Opposition is going all out for a vote of no confidence.
The opposition warned that if the National Assembly speaker did not allow the no-confidence motion to be tabled on Monday, The PPP and other like-minded parties would then stage a sit-in outside the National Assembly.
The opposition, however, attempted to retract his remarks, claiming that the OIC meeting in Islamabad was a source of pride for the opposition leadership and that they would not do anything to disrupt the meeting.
According to a statement issued by the National Assembly Secretariat on Sunday, the NA speaker summoned the session using powers granted to him under Articles 54 (3) and 254.
In his order, the NA speaker mentioned that no suitable place would be available to conduct the session before March 24 in the wake of renovations at Parliament House for the OIC meeting.
“After the receipt of the requisition on March 8, the National Assembly Secretariat requested the Senate Secretariat to provide the Chamber of the Senate for the holding of the National Assembly session. The Senate Secretariat informed us that the Senate chamber is also not available due to being under renovation.
Qaiser further said the CDA chairman and Islamabad deputy commissioner were also approached for an alternate arrangement outside Parliament House, but that also remained an exercise in futility.
In view of the speaker’s order, “Having no adequate option available whatsoever for the holding of the session of the National Assembly before March 24, in the exercise of powers conferred upon me under Clause  of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, read with Article 254, I hereby summon the session on the first available date, i.e., Friday at Parliament House, Islamabad,” the order issued by the speaker.
If at least 25% of the members sign it, the speaker has 14 days to convene the session. Once the assembly is in session, the secretary will distribute a notice for the no-confidence resolution, which will be moved to the next working day.
From the day the resolution is moved, the rules add, it “shall not be voted upon before the expiry of three days, or later than seven days.” Therefore, the experts say, the speaker must call the lower house into session by March 22, while voting on the no-confidence motion must take place between three and seven days after the session is summoned.
It is needless to add that Imran Khan’s prime minister’s chair is in danger. It is a litmus test for for the cricketer turned politician Imran Khan and his party to save it from collapse.