Imran offers govt to hold talks for election date

PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Friday offered a conditional proposal to the allied government of holding talks for general elections, otherwise, he said they would dissolve the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies.

Addressing the PTI’s parliamentary party in Punjab, he claimed that the ruling parties were afraid of elections, as he called for announcing a date for the purpose.

Give a date for elections “or we will dissolve the assemblies,” Imran told the PTI’s Punjab parliamentary party in video message from his Lahore residence at Zaman Park.

The PTI chairman also claimed that they enjoyed full backing of PML-Q and Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi would disband the provincial assembly on his call.

Describing his party’s demand for early general elections as part and parcel of the resolve to shore up the country’s economy, Imran claimed that the whole world was saying “Pakistan is galloping towards default”.

“Remittances have started falling, tax collection is shrinking, default risks are growing higher and higher, while Ishaq Dar is sitting silent in a corner.”

He said economic stability was tied to political stability and there was no other way around it. “No lections, no political stability in the country,” Imran declared, adding that the coalition government was not willing to consider snap polls because they know they would be wiped out.

Imran at a rally in Rawalpindi had announced last week that they would quit assemblies across the country, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.

Moonis mentions Gen (r) Bajwa

In a startling revelation, PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi admitted former army chief General (r) Qamar Javed Bajwa had advised them to support Imran in the no-confidence motion moved against him, which led to his ouster.

“Had he [Bajwa] been against them [PTI] at that juncture, he just had to give a signal, and we would have been sitting with them [PDM],” he made it clear.

“Certain elements are busy on social media bashing Mr Bajwa without any reason. This is the same Bajwa who changed the course of rivers for the PTI. Then he [Bajwa] was right, but now he is not. I have a total disagreement with those who are now talking against him,” Moonis said.

“When he was giving you all-out support, he was right,” the PML-Q leader said, wondering if Bajwa had now become a traitor to them,” he said during an interview with a private TV channel on Thursday.

“I’ve asked PTI office-bearers to sit with me on a TV show and prove that he is a traitor, and I will tell you exactly what he [Bajwa] has done for you.”

He also said that both PTI and PDM had made offers to them, however, they reached the decision on Gen (r) Bajwa’s advice.

Moonis said that there was no doubt that the former army chief fully supported the PTI, but when he withdrew his support, he had become a bad person. “This is a bad example and I have a disagreement with them on it. He [Bajwa] was never against the PTI.”

On the dissolution of assemblies, Moonis said his party was of the opinion that general elections should be held as soon as possible because the popularity of Khan was at its peak at the time. “This is favourable for both the PTI and its allies,” he added.

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