Brief profiles of the main opposition leaders as Khan becomes the first Pakistani prime minister to be removed by a vote of no confidence.
Imran Khan has become the first Pakistani Prime Minister to be removed from office after losing a motion of no confidence in parliament.
the drama caps weeks of machinations by the opposition with the aim of dismantling the tenuous coalition that Khan built around his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party to become prime minister in 2018.
The following are brief profiles of the key players in the series:
The brother of three-time Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has been disqualified from running for office again and is currently in exile in Britain, Shehbaz is the main candidate to replace Khan.
However, the 70-year-old is a political heavyweight in his own right, having served as chief minister of Punjab, the family’s power base, and now as chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-Nawaz). N).
A tough administrator with a reputation for passionate outbursts, he is known for quoting revolutionary poetry in his speeches and is considered a workaholic.
He remains popular despite lurid tabloid headlines about multiple marriages and a property portfolio that includes luxury apartments in London and Dubai.
Asif Ali Zardari
Hailing from a wealthy Sindh family, Zardari was best known for his playboy lifestyle until an arranged marriage saw him marry Benazir Bhutto shortly before she became prime minister for the first time.
He entered politics enthusiastically, earning the nickname “Mr. Ten Percent” for the part he allegedly took from government contracts, and was jailed twice on charges related to corruption, drug smuggling, and murder, though he never did. was Judge.
The 67-year-old became co-chair of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) following Bhutto’s assassination in 2007, and became the country’s president a year later in a power-sharing deal with the PML-N.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
The son of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Zardari belongs to political royalty and became president of the PPP at just 19 years old after the murder of his mother.
The Oxford-educated 33-year-old is considered a progressive, in the image of his mother, and has frequently spoken out on the rights of women and minorities.
With more than half of Pakistan’s population aged 22 or under, Bhutto’s social media savvy is a hit with young people, though he is frequently mocked for his poor command of Urdu, the national language.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman
After beginning political life as a hardliner, the Muslim leader has softened his public image over the years with a flexibility that has seen him forge alliances with secular parties on the left and right of the spectrum.
With the ability to mobilize tens of thousands of Islamic school students, his Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) party never garners enough support for power on its own, but is often a key player in any government.
His feud with Khan runs deep, calling him “Jewish” in reference to his previous marriage to Britain’s Jemima Goldsmith.
Khan, in return, calls him “Mullah Diesel” for his alleged involvement in kickbacks related to fuel licenses.