Opposition leaders on Saturday had garnered enough votes of support among lawmakers to oust Khan from power as he struggled to manage spiraling inflation and other domestic crises. But Khan, 69, a charismatic former cricket star who took office in 2018 after campaigning to reform a corrupt political system and bring justice to all Pakistanis, blamed the effort to oust him on a foreign plot which he said was backed by the United States.
“I congratulate the nation. The speaker rejected the planned regime change effort by outsiders,” Khan said in a brief televised statement. “The nation will not allow this conspiracy to succeed. The assembly will be dissolved and we will return to the people. We will prepare new elections and you will decide the future of Pakistan.