Imran Khan will remain in office till a caretaker prime minister is appointed, Pakistan’s president Arif Alvi clarified in a late-night tweet after the country saw its most politically turbulent day this year and braced for yet another leadership crisis.
“Mr. Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi, shall continue as Prime Minister till the appointment of caretaker Prime Minister under Article 224 A (4) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” the president’s office said in a tweet.
In a series of rapid developments, Imran Khan on Sunday outsmarted the opposition move to oust him as deputy speaker Qasim Suri, a member of the ruling PTI, rejected a no confidence motion against Khan under Article 5 of the constitution. Khan has now called for fresh elections.
On Monday, the Supreme Court will take up the matter after the opposition raised objections against the dismissal of the no trust vote. The Supreme Court will decide if the no trust vote will be taken up again or fresh polls – which the Imran Khan government has said were likely in three months – will take place.