PDM rejects Imran Khan's demand for snap polls
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The ruling allied parties have categorically rejected the demand of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to hold early elections, 24NewsHD TV channel.
In a joint statement issued on Monday, the leaders observed that the general elections cannot be held under anyone's pressure and decision regarding elections will be taken by PM Shahbaz Sharif in consultation with coalition partners.
Accusations and allegations levelled against former president Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif were strongly condemned in the statement.
The ruling leadership further said that no group will be allowed to impose a decision. Those who take the law into their hands will be dealt with according to the law, it added.
The appointment of the Army chief is the sole prerogative of the Prime Minister and he will decide on the appointment of COAS according to the law, foreign-funded sedition will not be based on intimidation, threats, and, dictation.
The statement said that the aim of targeting the army chief, leadership of sensitive institutions, officers, chief election commissioner, and, others is 'blackmailing' which is definitely not a political act but a part of a conspiracy that will not be allowed to succeed.
A person deprived of power is targeting national institutions under a deliberate agenda. Actions like dirty campaigns against the martyrs of the Pakistan Army, statements, and encouragement of rebellion in the army are tantamount to anti-nationalism which will be dealt with according to the law, the leaders added.
The statement also clarified that the economy of the country and the rehabilitation of the flood victims is the first national priority at this time, on which there will be no compromise. The government, institutions, and people agree that political instability will not be allowed to derail the economy, it added.
The PDM leaders said that after the by-elections the number of seats of ruling coalition parties has increased from 174 to 176, while the PTI has lost 8 seats in the National Assembly due to the arrogance of sedition.