Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), is no more Prime Minister of Pakistan, according to a statement issued by the Cabinet Division on Sunday following the dissolution of the National Assembly.
However, under Article 224 of the Pakistani Constitution, after a notification is published, Imran Khan can continue as prime minister for a period of 15 days until a caretaker prime minister is appointed.
It remains unclear how a temporary prime minister will be nominated, given that the National Assembly has been dissolved and that the people who would be appointing person, the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and the premier, have both stepped down from their positions.
If Imran Khan continues to serve as PM for a limited number of days, he will not be able to make choices that would normally be made by an elected head of the government.
Mr. Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi has resigned from his position as Prime Minister of Pakistan, according to a notification from the Cabinet Division. “As a result of the dissolution of the National Assembly by the president of Pakistan, in accordance with Article 58(1) read with Article 48(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, vide Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs’ SRO No. 487(1)/2022, dated 3rd April 2022, Mr. Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi ceased to hold the Office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.”
The de-notification of Imran Khan comes just hours after the ex-deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Qasim Suri, abruptly dropped the no-confidence resolution against the PTI chairman, calling it “unlawful” and claiming that it was sponsored by “foreign influences” and hence unconstitutional.
Following the defeat of the no-confidence resolution, President Arif Alvi, acting on the advice of the former prime minister, dissolved the National Assembly in accordance with Article 58(1) read with Article 48(1).