Muhammad Sarwar, the governor of Punjab in Pakistan, has been removed by the federal government shortly before the no trust vote against Imran Khan was to be taken up in the National Assembly on Sunday. In a tweet (rougly translated from Urdu), Pakistan minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said: “The federal government has removed Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar from his post. The new governor of Punjab will be announced later. According to the constitution, the deputy speaker will be the acting governor. (sic).”
According to reports, Sarwar had not been following the government line.
As Imran Khan prepares for no-trust vote, tight security in Islamabad: 10 points
Pakistan prime minister Iman Khan is set to face his biggest political challenge as the National Assembly prepares to take up a no-trust motion against the 69-year-old cricketer-turned politician. Khan has been insisting that the United States, which has been known to be a Pak ally, wants his government to fall. Here are top updates as Pakistan readies to take up no-confidence motion against Imran Khan: 1. The US, however, has rebuffed the claims.
Social media blackout in Sri Lanka amid curfew, unrest, says watchdog: 10 points
Sri Lanka has imposed a social media blackout amid curfew and protests, NetBlocks, an internet watchdog has said. Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Viber and YouTube are among the social media sites that have been reportedly hit with the fresh restrictions. The South Asian nation has been battling a shortage of essentials as it grapples with its worst economic crisis in decades.
Imran Khan ‘mini Trump’, inciting violence on Twitter, says ex-wife Reham Khan
As Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to face a trust vote in the assembly on Sunday, his former wife Reham Khan termed him as ‘mini Trump’ and urged Twitter to take action against his inciting tweets. Former US president Donal Trump’s Twitter account was permanently suspended following his encouragement of US Capitol violence. Opposition parties in Pakistan think Imran Khan may attack the assembly on Sunday.
Pak leader defends ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ remark after Imran’s ‘slave’ jibe
Pakistan’s Leader of Opposition Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday defended his “beggars can’t be choosers” remarks after drawing the ire of embattled Prime Minister Imran Khan and his supporters. The Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader, who is touted to be the next prime minister, said that true freedom can never be achieved without financial independence. Imran Khan has been repeatedly citing a “threat letter” from a foreign power and linked the opposition’s no-trust vote with it.