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Punjab-KP Assemblies not being dissolved on Friday

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Punjab and KP assemblies are not being dissolved on Friday (Dec 23) due to backdoor talks between the coalition government and PTI amid a renewed tug of war between them in Punjab.

Speaker Punjab Assembly today said that Punjab Assembly could be dissolved on Friday (Dec 23) as the PDM has filed a no-confidence vote against chief minister Pervez Elahi.

Talking to media on Thursday, PA Speaker Sibtain Khan said that the no-trust move will drag on until the first week of January 2023. Hence, he said, Punjab Assembly will not be dissolved.

According to PTI leaders, without dissolving Punjab Assembly, PTI leadership will not take the risk of dissolving the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

Meanwhile, Speaker Punjab Assembly further said that while the opposition parties have submitted the vote of no-confidence in the assembly secretariat, few days time is required to issue required notices.

About rejection of his ruling by the Punjab Governor Balighur Rahman, Sibtain Khan said the Punjab Assembly Speaker’s ruling carries legal protection.

Importantly, the coalition government and PTI have locked horn in Punjab over the dissolution of provincial assembly.

Two days before the PTI chairman Imran Khan’s deadline to dissolve assemblies, coalition parties filed a no-confidence motion against Punjab chief minister on Wednesday that further ignited political tension.

The situation worsened further when Speaker Punjab Assembly adjourned the PA session a day ahead of the Punjab Governor’s order to PA Speaker to hold no-confidence move against chief minister.

Now Governor Punjab and Speaker Punjab Assembly are declaring each other’s order unlawful and a violation of the constitution.

In the prevailing situation, the coalition government has succeeded in delaying dissolution of provincial assemblies, especially Punjab Assembly.

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