Prime Minister Khan’s Dissolving of the National Assembly Proven Unconstitutional

Ana Martinez, Online Editor-in-Chief

In late March, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan dissolved the National Assembly, blocking a no confidence vote that would have likely removed him from office. However, the Supreme Court ruled against this decision, thereby undoing Khan’s actions.

In a speech he made the same day he dissolved the National Assembly, Khan claimed that Pakistan’s opposition to him was part of an American conspiracy; however, he had no evidence to support these claims. 

Khan currently faces opposition from the Pakistani military and voters who want him out of office. Also, several parties in his coalition abandoned him the previous week.

Khan’s decision has potentially damaging implications since Pakistan already faces an unstable democracy; it is a country that has struggled with military coups since its establishment 75 years ago. 

However, opposition lawmakers have criticized Khan’s decision, arguing that dissolving the parliament is an “unprecedented” violation of the country’s constitution. These individuals have allegedly refused to leave the National Assembly building in hopes of pressuring the Supreme Court to act. 

On the other hand, Khan’s allies argue that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has no reason to intervene in the decision. 

Despite this, however, the Supreme Court scheduled a hearing for Monday and ruled that Khan’s decision was unconstitutional. The decision means that Khan will still face a vote of no confidence by the general population.