Najam Comments on Imran Khan’s Ouster as Prime Minister
Adil Najam, Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, provided comment for a New York Times article detailing the no-confidence vote in Pakistan that ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The article, titled “Pakistan Closes a Chaotic Political Chapter. It May Not Be the Climax,” discusses Khan’s strategy and rhetoric leading up to the vote – defying the Constitution by attempting to dissolve Parliament and block the vote and accusing his opponents of being traitors conspiring with American officials – as well as what this means for the future of Pakistan. Najam argues that Khan’s removal from office is “not simply a change of government but a change of politics in Pakistan,” noting that “this rhetoric of extreme personal attack, visceral hatred for the other and both sides calling each other traitors is going to define the structure of politics for many months and years to come.”
The full article can be read on the New York Times‘ website.
Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who also served as the Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. He is the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about Dean Najam on his faculty profile.