The post-Imran Khan era began in Pakistan with huge demonstrations held on the evening of April 10 in the country’s major cities, including Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. Tens of thousands of people descended on the call of Imran Khan, the ex-Pakistani Prime Minister ousted earlier in the day by a vote of Parliament. And like the former head of government, his supporters denounced throughout the evening an alleged American plot that led to his downfall.
“Imran Khan did what he does best today, mobilizing his support in large numbers”, notes Michael Kugelman, specialist in South Asia. “And he will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come to keep the pressure on the new government. »
After the motion of censure that led to the fall of Imran Khan, on Monday April 11, the Pakistani National Assembly ratified the appointment of Shehbaz Sharif as head of government. The vote marks the return to power of one of the country’s oldest political dynasties – Nawaz, the brother of Shehbaz Sharif, was prime minister three times before being imprisoned for corruption in 2017. Shehbaz Sharif had himself was accused in 2020 of corruption in a money laundering case which he claimed was fabricated by the authorities.
The game will not be easy for the political forces which have formed a coalition in order to eject Imran Khan. The tactical alliance between the Pakistan People’s Party and Shehbaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (N) could prove fragile in the coming weeks, as Imran Khan continues to wave his support.