The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) backs PTI’s demand for elections in 90 days in Punjab, KP:
PPP backs PTI’s demand for elections in 90 days in Punjab, KP
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), a key ally of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, has backed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in its proposal for elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa within 90 days, as required by the constitution.
As part of its effort to determine a date for the country’s national elections:
Imran Khan’s PTI dismissed the legislatures of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
It has been the PTI’s main demand since Khan was ousted in April last year in a vote of no-confidence.
Khan stated in his televised address to the Country:
“It’s been 25 days and no date for the election has been given.
Article 6 will be applied to those who postpone the elections beyond the Constitutional term.”
Khan went on to say that his party took the decision to dissolve the two assemblies owing to the nation’s turmoil.
“Governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were dissolved under the Constitution.”
Faisal Karim Kundi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety, supported Khan’s demand for polls, adding:
“The PPP will press the allies to implement what is in the law and the Constitution.”
The SAPM noted that elections were held all throughout the nation despite the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
The PPP leader also questioned the PTI’s failure to organise local body elections in Punjab while it was in power.
Kundi said that the PTI used the National Accountability Bureau to engage in political engineering and victimisation of competitors (NAB).
He claimed that while in government, the PTI filed bogus litigation against political party leaders but was unable to show any evidence against them in court.
According to the SAPM:
The PPP leadership does not condone political victimisation and has never incited political enmity towards competitors by using the NAB or any other agency.
Kundi responded to a query about elections by saying that the governor just needed to offer suggestions; the ECP was in charge of declaring the election date.
He emphasised the need of holding elections in conformity with the Constitution.
He asked the ECP to establish plans for holding free and fair elections across the country.