Coalition govt decides no early elections under Imran's pressure

By: News Desk
Published: 06:07 PM, 19 Jul, 2022
Coalition govt decides no early elections under Imran's pressure
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All the allied parties of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif-led-government have taken a unanimous decision not to conduct early elections under the pressure of Imran Khan.

According to the 24News HD TV channel, a special meeting of the heads of the coalition partners of the sitting government was held here in Lahore at the invitation of PM Shehbaz Sharif.

The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister and Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) head Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and other parties leadership participated.

Maulana Shah Owais Noorani, Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Rana Sanaullah, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Maryam Aurangzeb, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Shah Zain Bugti, Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Akram Duran, Tariq Bashir Cheema, Mohsen Dravid, Aslam Bhutani were present in the meeting. Fahad Hussain and others also participated in the meeting that continued for two and a half hours.

The channel report said that the allied parties’ heads while addressing the meeting have stated that the early elections will not be held under the pressure of Imran Khan.

The sources said that the allied parties meeting has also decided that the early elections will be held under the unanimous decision of the government coalition.

It is also decided in the meeting that on July 22, regarding the election of the Chief Minister, Hamza Shehbaz will be re-elected as CM after considering all the constitutional and legal options.

After the meeting, Federal Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) talked to the media and said his government will complete its parliamentary tenure.

Talking to the media, Saad said all provincial governments have the right to complete their term. He said the legislation is the power of the parliament and his government will not compromise on it.

Criticizing former Prime Minister Imran Khan, Saad said his people are everywhere and he wanted his favourable army chief, election commissioner and president of the country.

He said they have reservations on the interpretation of Article 63A, adding that the Election Commission should decide the foreign funding case which has been pending for years.

Saad said Imran Khan was trying to make institutions controversial, he is a misguided man as the devils descend on him.

The PML-N leader said Imran Khan calls others “Cherry Blossom” but is a big one flatter himself.

Reporter: Umar Aslam