Imran Khan calls for new polls in Pakistan

Imran Khan said the PTI governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would dissolve the assemblies


Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned on Saturday that his “country is collapsing” as he announced that the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces will dissolve their assemblies on December 23 to open the way to new elections. .

“Until free and fair elections are held, we all fear that the country (Pakistan) will sink,” PTI Chairman Khan said in a video address with Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi and the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan at his side. .

Imran Khan also reiterated his demand for free and fair elections, warning that the country could sink otherwise. He said free and fair elections were the only solution to Pakistan’s problems and said the government was “afraid” of new elections due to fear of losing, Dawn reported.

“Once we have dissolved the two assemblies, we will hold elections in the provinces. In addition, our 123 to 125 members of the National Assembly – whose resignations have not been accepted – will ask the president of the assembly to accept their resignations,” he said. .

Elaborating on the action plan of the PTI after the dissolution of the assemblies, he said: “Then we will prepare for the elections after that and with our approximately 130 seats in the National Assembly, we will go to see the president of the AN and ask him to accept our resignations instead. to choose a few.”

Addressing the people of Pakistan, the PTI leader asked the nation to refrain from being disappointed, saying it amounted to “running away from our duty to society”, the Dawn newspaper reported.

He said a “lesson should be taught through elections” to the government and inflict “such a defeat on it that the names of these thieves are erased forever”.

Imran Khan said the country would “stand up” when “difficult decisions” were taken to “restructure institutions and establish justice in the country”.

At the start of his speech, Imran Khan lamented the current economic situation in the country under the Shehbaz Sharif government. He said a government with a new mandate and the support of the nation behind it would be able to elevate its stature, Dawn reported.

He said the country needed “fresh and fair elections because we fear the country is drowning”.

Upon his ousting from power in April via a motion of no confidence, the PTI leader asked: “My question today is: who was responsible for this regime change?

He accused the former Pakistani Chief of Staff, General (retired) Qamar Javed Bajwa, of being involved in the “plot” hatched against his party.

“General Bajwa is the only person responsible for bringing down the PTI government,” the former Pakistani prime minister was quoted as saying by The News International during his speech.

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