After former prime minister Imran Khan announced his intention to dissolve the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) leaders said Chief Minister Parvez Elahi would not hesitate and dissolve the Punjab Assembly on the advice of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman.
The PTI chief announced on Saturday a change to his plan of marching on the capital, instead announcing his party’s intention to opt for mass resignations from the provincial assemblies, in an apparent bid to force the government to hold general elections.
Sticking by Imran’s decision, Moonis Elahi said his father was able to become the chief minister of Punjab with the help of the PTI chairman and the PML-Q intended to keep its promises made to him.
“On July 27, Allah made us victorious and made @ChParvezElahi CM. Since that day our time in power is a bonus. We are sticking to our promise. Whenever @ImranKhanPTI asked [for dissolution], the Punjab Assembly will be dissolved,” he said in a tweet soon after the PTI chief’s statement.
Similarly, PML-Q MNA Hussain Elahi also stated CM Elahi would not think twice before dissolving Punjab Assembly as soon as directed by the PTI chairman. In a tweet, Hussain Elahi stated that his party was standing with Imran Khan and would keep standing with him. “Whatever date is announced, CM Parvez Elahi will dissolve Punjab Assembly without giving it a second thought,” the PML-Q leader stated.
Meanwhile, PTI leader Shaukat Yousafzai, a minister in the KP government, told a news channel that the announcement made by Mr Khan was the only way to take the country out of the crisis.
He said the KP lawmakers would resign instantly on Imran Khan’s call. He, however, did not say if the decision to resign from the KP assembly had been finalised.