LAHORE, PAKISTAN, APR 08: Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader, Hamza Shahbaz leaving after court case hearing, at High Court in Lahore on Monday, April 08, 2019. The Lahore High Court (LHC) granted Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader, Hamza Shahbaz pre-arrest bail till April 17 and restrained the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from arresting him in cases pertaining to ownership of assets beyond means. (Babar Shah/PPI Images).

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.


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