Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Tuesday announced he would dissolve the provincial assembly today in the “broader interest of the country”.

“I will send the advice for the dissolution of the assembly today,” CM Khan said while addressing the 86th meeting of the provincial cabinet and thanked all the ministers, government officials, opposition members, and bureaucracy.

He specially thanked the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for entrusting their confidence in him.

“We will form the government in the entire country with a two-thirds majority in the general elections,” Khan said.

He stated that there is instability in the country due to the “imported government”.

“Getting rid of the corrupt group has become inevitable,” he added.

FAWAD CHAUDHRY: Meanwhile, PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry said that the dissolution of the KP assembly will pave the way for the general elections.

“The federal government will be sent packing in the next two weeks,” said the PTI leader, adding that the real issue is the political crisis and not the economy.

BARRISTER SAIF: Later, briefing the media about decisions taken during the cabinet meeting, Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif said Mahmood Khan would move the summary for dissolving the provincial legislative before midnight.

He made the remark while addressing a presser flanked by KP’s Education Minister Shehram Khan, who said that today’s meeting of the provincial cabinet was the “last meeting”.

Shehram said that “no one opposed the assembly dissolution decision”.

OPPOSITION’S ALLEGATION: Earlier, Leader of the Opposition in KP Assembly Akram Khan Durrani claimed that Chief Minister Khan, through a close associate, asked him to file a no-confidence motion against him in a bid to stop the assembly from dissolving.

Durrani said that three of the KP ministers have spoken to his aide regarding this matter. 

DIFFERENCES IN PTI: It may be noted that senior PTI leader Parvez Khattak has opposed the decision of party chairman, Imran Khan, on disbanding the KP assembly.

According to a news channel, Khattak suggested that the KP Assembly should be disbanded after January 20 during a meeting of PTI leaders on Sunday.

“If the house dissolved on Tuesday, the elections would be scheduled in Ramazan,”, Khattak was quoted as saying.

The meeting of the PTI leaders was held regarding the dissolution of the KP Assembly during which the former prime minister addressed via video link.

Insiders said that Khattak, explaining the reason for delaying the dissolution on Tuesday, stated that if it is disbanded on January 17, then the polls will be held in Ramadan due to which the voter turnout will remain low.

However, he said that if the legislature is dissolved after January 20, then the elections will be staged after Eid ul Fitr — as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) holds polls within 90 days after the assembly is disbanded.


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