Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said on Saturday that his administrations in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will dissolve their legislatures on December 23 to allow for new elections.
Mahmood Khan, the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Parvez Elahi, the chief minister of Punjab, were present as Imran made the announcement in a video speech.
Imran praised the two provincial leaders for cooperating with his party, adding that he had spoken with PTI’s attorneys about the decision and that polls could not be postponed for more than 90 days following the dissolution of a parliament under the Constitution.
Leaders of the PML-N and PPP, the two main constituents of the ruling Pakistan Democratic Movement administration, strongly opposed the decision to dissolve assemblies. In a later statement, the PML-N stated that it was prepared to run in elections should the PTI decide to forward with its plan to dissolve the two assemblies.
Imran while explaining the PTI’s strategy said, “Then we will prepare for elections after that and our around 130 seats in the National Assembly, we will go to the NA speaker and demand him to accept our resignations instead of picking a few.”
Imran urged the nation to avoid becoming disappointed. He argued that the administration should learn a lesson through elections by suffering a crushing loss, wiping the names of these thieves from history forever.
Imran began his speech by stating that the nation needed “new and fair elections”.
Imran asserted that a government with a new mandate and the backing of the country will be able to advance in stature.
He bemoaned the increasing brain drain in the nation, claiming that qualified workers and professionals were fleeing in large numbers.
Imran claimed that international investors were pulling out of the country as a result of declining foreign trust and rising unemployment and inflation.