Pakistan's PM Imran Khan attends a military parade to mark Pakistan National Day in Islamabad. File/AP
Imran Khan survived a move to oust him as Pakistan's Prime Minister on Sunday, getting a reprieve when the deputy speaker of parliament blocked a no-confidence motion as unconstitutional.
Khan, whose fate was not immediately clear, advised the country's president to dissolve parliament, leading to fresh political instability in the nuclear-armed country of 220 million people.
Security personnel deployed in front of Parliament House building in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Sunday. AFP
"I've sent advice to the president to dissolve assemblies," Khan said in a televised address, referring to national and state legislatures.
He called on the nation to prepare for fresh elections.
The opposition vowed to fight the block, made by Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri of Khan's political party.
"We will stage a sit-in at the National Assembly (parliament). We are also moving to the Supreme Court today," Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, head of the opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP), told reporters.
If the vote had gone through and the opposition remained united, the former cricket star who surged to power in 2018 but recently lost his parliamentary majority, would have been out of office.
A prominent newspaper had recently said Khan was "as good as gone", but he had urged his supporters to take to the streets on Sunday ahead of the planned vote.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that although he had “nothing to gain from politics,” he had persevered in his political struggle for 23 years to fulfil his responsibility towards the Pakistani people.
He stood briefly when his name was announced and then seated himself again before the others did in a breach of protocol.
Two main opposition parties, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), have lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan for yet another outburst against opponents in his latest televised address to the nation.
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The Centre also confirmed that it is following the situation around the clock and would continue brief the public on the latest developments, calling on the public, road users and motorists to exercise precautions when driving during rain, and to avoid nearing surface runoffs and pools of rainwater.
The Centre also confirmed that it is following the situation around the clock and would continue brief the public on the latest developments, calling on the public, road users and motorists to exercise precautions when driving during rain, and to avoid nearing surface runoffs and pools of rainwater. It also appealed to members of the society to follow the bulletins and reports issued by the NCM and not to circulate rumors.