Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Where did it all go wrong for Imran Khan? – podcast | News

After more than three years in office but short of serving a full term, Imran Khan was ousted as Pakistan’s prime minister in a no-confidence vote in parliament in the early hours of last Sunday morning.

Sarah Khan, a political scientist at Yale University, was in Islamabad as Khan’s downfall was confirmed. She tells Nosheen Iqbal that the former premier cricketer turned pious Islamist politician had been fighting for his political life for weeks after losing his parliamentary majority.

Khan came to power promising to clean up Pakistan’s corrupt and often dynastic politics. His successor as prime minister was sworn in this week after tense negotiations among opposition parties. The country’s new leader is Shehbaz Sharif, the younger brother of the three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif. But Imran Khan is determined that this is not the end of his political career as he heads for the backbenches to plot his return.

Photograph: Abdul Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

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