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  • Rift between Pakistan PM Imran Khan and the army may cause him to lose power
  • Appointment of the next ISI cheif caused disagreement
  • Outcome of no-confidence motion in army's hands

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Watch | What went wrong between Pakistan PM Imran Khan and the army?

Imran Khan needs the support of 172 members of the Parliament to remain in power. The army's support may change the outcome of the vote

In October 2021, a rift erupted between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and the army.

The bone of contention was the appointment of the next director-general of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

While Khan wanted Faiz Hameed to continue, General Qamar Javed Bajwa wanted him replaced with Lieutenant-General Nadeem Anjum. Anjum it is believed was instrumental in Khan's victory in 2018.

The ripples caused by the fallout are still being felt today by PM Khan as he faces a no-confidence motion in the Parliament, tabled by a united opposition. Without the support of the army, Khan may lose the vote.

PM Khan's party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), does not hold a simple majority in the Parliament. While Khan is continuing to woo the swing votes, some of his own party members are projected to vote against him. Khan will need garner the support of 172 members in the House of 342, to remain in power.

The army in Pakistan is long believed to be the shadow government. The outcome of the no-confidence motion will be decided by who the army supports.

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