Parvez Elahi sends advice to dissolve Punjab Assembly
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Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi advised Governor Baligh-ur-Rehman on Thursday night to dissolve the provincial assembly – a move that fulfils PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s promise and paves the way for fresh elections.

“I, Parvez Elahi Chief Minister Punjab, hereby advise you to dissolve the provincial assembly of Punjab,” said the chief minister’s advice to the governor.

The Governor’s House received the advice in a sealed envelope shortly after 10pm, as was confirmed by the governor himself in a tweet, who reportedly said that dissolving the assembly, which was the representative body of millions of people, would not be an easy decision to take and he would undertake that “with a heavy heart”.

The advice to dissolve the assembly came less than 24 hours after the chief minister obtained the vote of confidence from the Punjab Assembly in the wee hours of Thursday.

Imran had announced dissolution of the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on November 26 in Rawalpindi.

Since Imran Khan’s announcement, the PML-N stepped up its efforts for preventing the assembly dissolution. Last month, the PML-N filed a no-confidence motion against the chief minister before the governor ordered him to seek a fresh vote of confidence from the assembly.

However, the speaker refused to call a fresh session on the stipulated date for the trust vote, challenging the legality of the governor’s order. On that the governor de-notified the chief minister and his cabinet.

Later, Parvez challenged the governor’s order in the Lahore High Court, which had restored his government temporarily.

Earlier, the chief minister chaired a consultative meeting with Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan, Raja Basharat and MNA Hussain Elahi to deliberate on the current political scenario.

The chief minister told the participants of the meeting that by withdrawing the denotification order, the Punjab governor had “endorsed our point of view”. He denounced Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah’s “nefarious attempt” to distort facts and mislead the people.

Before sending the summary to the governor, the chief minister also held a meeting with Imran, PTI Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry told reporters and added that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly would also be dissolved on Saturday.

He said the PTI once again asked National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to accept the resignations of “our parliamentarians”.

“The federal government should quit its stubbornness and initiate the process of electoral reforms before going into elections in the whole of Pakistan because the political stability is a must for economic stability in the country,” Fawad emphasised.

In a separate media talk, Barrister Ali Zafar said that there were no hitches in dissolving the Punjab Assembly now, as the Punjab chief minister had succeeded in securing the vote of confidence from the house.

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