Imran Khan’s party to dissolve Punjab and KP assemblies on December 23

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan announced on Saturday that his party would dissolve two provincial assemblies next week to build pressure on the federal government to hold early general elections.

Imran made the announcement in a video address with Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan by his side. Khan thanked the two provincial chiefs for their cooperation.

Khan has been campaigning for snap polls since being ousted from power in a parliamentary vote in April, which has heightened political uncertainty in the country.

Khan said last month in a public rally that his party would disassociate itself from the “current corrupt political system” by quitting the two provincial assemblies.

The PTI chairman said free and fair elections were the only solution to the country’s problems and said the government was “afraid” of new elections due to the fear of losing. He expressed concerns that the government might not hold general elections even in October 2023.

Govt reaction: Why wait till Friday?

Minutes after the announcement, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah questioned why there was a need to wait till next week.

“I can’t understand what are they waiting to do till next Friday. If they have decided then they should dissolve the assemblies today” Rana said in an interview with Geo News.

“PTI will back off from its today’s announcement of dissolving assemblies within a week taking into account the history of the party’s U-turns” the interior minister later said in a tweet.

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