Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and PML- Q senior officials announced that the Punjab Assembly will be dissolved this month.
The PTI earlier gave the 20 December deadline to the coalition government of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to announce the election date; otherwise, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab assemblies will be dissolved as announced by Imran Khan last month.
The ruling coalition, which initially announced to forestall the PTI’s move, has now changed its stance and dared its rival to dissolve the assemblies.
The PTI chief chaired a consultative session with lawmakers from Bhakkar, Mianwali, Pakpattan, and Sahiwal. Sources said the members endorsed the decision to dissolve the provincial assembly.
According to Sources, Imran Khan told the lawmakers that the assembly will be dissolved this month and the date of the dissolution will be made public prior to 20th December.
“The PML-Q is a vital ally. We have intimated to them of our decision,” Imran Khan said. He noted that the PML-Q is on the same page with the PTI on the issue of the assembly’s dissolution.
“Our politics is not above the country. This government has destroyed the national economy,” he maintained. Speaker of the Punjab Assembly Sibtain Khan also said that all the members of the provincial assembly have endorsed Imran Khan’s decision.
Earlier National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf said that Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers convey messages to him not to accept their resignations.
The PTI lawmakers had tendered their resignations en masse after the Imran Khan government was ousted through a no-confidence motion back in April. The PTI has claimed resignations were accepted by former deputy speaker Qasim Suri in the absence of the speaker after Asad Qaiser’s resignation.
However, once Raja Pervez Ashraf was elected as the speaker, he decided to verify the resignations by interviewing lawmakers individually.
Later, the resignations of PTI members were de-sealed and Raja accepted only 11 of them.
Speaking to the media persons after visiting Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Hasan Murtaza’s residence for breakfast, Speaker Ashraf said that such situations require a lot of thought process, adding that he will not accept the resignation until he is satisfied.