Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi on Thursday assured PTI Chairman Imran Khan of his full support and standing by his side as the opposition in the Punjab Assembly mulls ways to overthrow the PTI-PML-Q-led coalition government in the province.
In his meeting with Khan at his Zaman Park residence, Elahi once again pledged his loyalty and stressed that he “owed” the Punjab Assembly to the former prime minister.
Former chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak and ex-federal minister Moonis Elahi were also present in the meeting.
Elahi said he would not “hesitate for a moment” when Khan asked him to dissolve the assembly as he would keep supporting the PTI chief’s decisions.
He said that the elements behind creating misconceptions in the camps of PTI and PML-Q would “fail again” as he slammed the opposition for claiming that they were in contact with the government’s lawmakers.
“Imran Khan is indispensable,” CM Elahi said and challenged the opposition to table a no-confidence motion against him. “They have failed in the past and will fail again.”
The PML-Q leader said that the opposition is “daydreaming” if it thinks it can overthrow the Punjab government. The opposition does not have the required numbers, he added.
“If the Punjab Assembly is in session, then the governor’s rule cannot be imposed. It is my honest advice to the opposition: please read the rules of business.”
“Whatever Imran Khan says, I will act without hesitation. Punjab Assembly [is a small thing], I will give my life for Imran Khan,” the chief minister said.
Imran, who called off his long march to Islamabad last week, instead announced quitting assemblies across the country, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
The party’s leadership, according to PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry, has approved the dissolution of assemblies in both provinces, but the final decision will be made after further consultations.
The opposition — PML-N and the allied parties — has said that it would not back down from a challenge, but stressed that snap polls were not in the country’s favour.
KHATTAK SAYS IMRAN TO MAKE FINAL CALL: In conversation with journalists after the meeting, PTI senior leader Pervez Khattak said that the meeting was good “overall” and that Khan would make the final call on all matters.
“Chaudhry and us, we are all one. Khan sahib is our leader. All the decisions that have been made will be unveiled later,” the former KP CM said.
Khattak said both the leaders have reached a consensus on all matters and that CM Punjab has agreed to follow Khan’s decisions. “He [Elahi] stands by his words.”
The PTI leader also said that he did not want “groupings or divisions” within the party as he noted that the established has committed to staying out of politics.
PTI MPAs OPPOSE DISSOLUTION: Earlier, Geo News claimed that several Punjab lawmakers belonging to the PTI, have advised the chairman against dissolving the provincial assembly immediately.
The development came after the party’s high-level committee submitted a report in relation to the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly to Khan, the channel quoted sources as saying.
The lawmakers advised the PTI chief not to immediately dissolve the assembly, citing the ongoing development projects in their constituencies.
The report regarding the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly was put before a meeting today, which was chaired by PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Party leaders Mian Aslam Iqbal, Mian Mehmood-Ur-Rasheed, Hammad Azhar, Ejaz Chaudhry, and others attended the meeting.
The lawmakers also recommended that the timing of the political move should be effective so that it pushes the federal government to call general polls, sources said.
Moreover, to hold further consultations, the PTI chief has summoned a session of the PTI’s Sindh and Balochistan parliamentary parties on Sunday.
The sources said that the decision regarding the dissolution or PTI quitting all assemblies would be made by the PTI chief after the session of their parliamentary parties on Sunday.
Imran has also tasked the party’s legal team to analyse the legal aspects of the matter and prepare for any predictable complications.