ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Prime Minister Imran Khan blocked a no-confidence vote against him in Pakistan’s Parliament and called for fresh elections, turning a battle with the opposition into a constitutional crisis.
The Supreme Court immediately opened hearings, using its legal powers to intervene. The opposition also filed a petition to the court challenging the constitutionality of the move. The court, which held a brief initial hearing on Sunday, said it would take up the case in detail on Monday and directed government officials to maintain law and order. The court will now decide whether the no-confidence vote is held, as the opposition wants, or elections take place.