Imran Khan defiant before no-confidence vote

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he will not resign, striking a defiant tone ahead of a no-confidence vote expected to take place on Sunday. Khan, 69, lost his majority in parliament on Wednesday when a key ally quit his coalition, which could give the opposition the 172 votes in the 342-seat house needed to force him out.

The opposition has accused him of corruption and economic mismanagement, amid high inflation and a weakening currency. “There is only one honorable exit for Khan and that is resignation,” Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), told reporters on Thursday.

But Khan, in a live address to the nation later on Thursday, rejected calls to step down. “I will fight until the last ball,” the former cricket star turned politician said. If Khan is unable to prove his majority in Sunday’s vote, he will be the first Prime Minister in the country to be ousted through a no-confidence motion. No Pakistani Prime Minister has completed a full five-year term in office. On the other hand, no one has ever been ousted through a no-confidence motion. Khan is the third Prime Minister to face the challenge.

Imran Khan, reduced to a minority in the assembly and fighting to remain in power, Thursday alleged that there is a foreign conspiracy working against his government. There are enemies inside the country who are cooperating with them, added Khan, who has virtually lost the majority in the 342-member National Assembly after the defection of two key allies.

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