Imran Elahi

Imran’s ‘lifeline’ CM Punjab sees no polls in next four months

Despite back-to-back deadlines of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to dissolve assemblies, Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervez Elahi said on Dec 5 that he did not see elections taking place in the next four months.

In an interview with a private news channel, he said: “Elections cannot be held before four months; the federal and provincial governments need time to work and the elections may be delayed even after October next year.”

Although the PML-Q leader had repeatedly said that he fully backs the PTI chief’s decisions, his statement is in contrast with Khan’s threats of dissolving the assembly soon.

PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry has also said that Khan has advised all party lawmakers to go back to their constituencies and prepare for elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

CM Elahi’s statement comes after Khan had just last week shared his willingness to halt the dissolution of the Punjab and KP assemblies if the coalition government agrees to conduct elections by the end of March next year.

“If they are ready for elections by the end of March, then we won’t dissolve the assemblies. Otherwise, we want to conduct polls by dissolving the KP and Punjab assemblies,” Khan said in an interview with a private news channel.

He added that his party won’t agree on a date after March and assemblies will be dissolved this month [December] if the government disagrees.

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