A setback for Imran Khan, who faces a no-confidence vote on Saturday

Imran Khan will face a no-confidence vote on Saturday after Pakistan’s Supreme Court ruled the dissolution of parliament “unconstitutional”. Ahead of the verdict, Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial summoned a senior election commission official.
The court will decide whether the deputy speaker of the assembly violated the constitution by refusing to pass a vote of no confidence in Khan on the weekend.

The move allowed Khan to assume the presidency – a largely ceremonial role played by loyalists – to dissolve parliament and order elections to be held within 90 days.

Had the vote gone ahead, Khan would have been removed from office.

“We will reconvene to announce the verdict today at 19:30 (20:00 IST),” Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said.

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