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Pakistan’s Parliament Elects New Prime Minister

The Pakistani parliament recently elected Shehbaz Sharif as Prime Minister. What precipitated the election of a new leader was the ousting of former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Over the last several days Pakistan has been attempting to navigate a constitutional crisis in which  Mr. Khan was removed from power in a no-confidence vote by parliament. Prior to his removal Mr. Khan had dissolved the national assembly when it became clear that he had lost their support. Mr. Khan only relinquished power when the country’s high court found his actions to be unconstitutional and he was forced to face a vote of confidence in which he lost.

What happened in Pakistan?

INSTRUCTORS: click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

 

Videos:

News Articles:

Imran Khan: What led to charismatic Pakistan PM’s downfall

BBC NEWS

April 10, 2022

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-61047736

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s petulant ousted leader, is already plotting his return

THE GUARDIAN

April 12, 2022

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/12/imran-khan-pakistan-ousted-leader-prime-minister

Shehbaz Sharif elected as new Prime Minister of Pakistan completing the ousting of predecessor Imran Khan

ABC NEWS

April 11, 2022

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-12/pakistan-elects-new-prime-minister-shehbaz-sharif-ousted-khan/100983938

News Articles (Analyses):

Pakistan’s new government may undo damage to U.S. ties

CNBC

April 12, 2022

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/04/12/pakistans-new-government-may-improve-ties-with-us-and-india.html

Pakistan: A new PM, an attempt to strike a positive note, and a sense of deja vu

THE TIMES OF INDIA

April 12, 2022

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-editorials/pakistan-a-new-pm-an-attempt-to-strike-a-positive-note-and-a-sense-of-deja-vu/

What Indian analysts have to say about Shehbaz’s election

DAWN

April 12, 2022

https://www.dawn.com/news/1684652

Assessment:

Writing: What is the significance of the Pakistani Parliament electing a new Prime Minister?

Debate: Is it ever acceptable for one country to intervene in another country’s domestic affairs?

Poll: Should the international community apply more pressure to countries that have yet to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

Short Answer: What will be the implications of Pakistan establishing closer ties to the West?

QUIZ:

The Pakistani military has traditionally played a large role in the country when it comes to defense and foreign policy. (T/F)

Pakistan has a long history of Prime Ministers serving their entire term. (T/F)

Incoming Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has promised to increase the minimum wage. (T/F)

Which country did Pakistan strengthen ties with under Prime Minister Imran Khan?

  1. Ukraine.
  2. U.S.
  3. China.
  4. India.

Which of the following countries does Pakistan hope to improve relations with?

a. Israel.

b. India.

c. Russia.

d. Brazil.

To help boost the economic fortune of Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif will need to increase all the following EXCEPT.

a. Imports.

b. Exports.

c. Taxes.

d. Investments.

 

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