Parvez Elahi, the chief minister of Punjab, will seek a vote of confidence before January 11, according to Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Elahi was reinstated as the CM by the Lahore High Court (LHC) earlier this week under the condition that he would not dissolve the legislative but was not prevented from taking a vote of confidence.
On January 11, the court will pick up hearing the case again. Imran, however, stated in a conversation with journalists today that he is confident that once CM Elahi regains the confidence of the house, the assembly will be dissolved.
The PTI intends to dissolve both the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab legislatures after the vote of confidence, according to the ousted prime minister.
The ex-PM stated that the [government] “will be forced to hold general elections when both assemblies have been dissolved,” adding that if elections are delayed despite PTI’s action, “it won’t affect” the party.
The PTI chief defended the delay in dissolving the assemblies by claiming that the party needed to persuade its allies before making the significant decision.
Before the elections, the PTI and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) are currently in consultation regarding the date of the dissolution and seat adjustments. However, the PML-Q repeatedly stated that it was awaiting Imran’s decision regarding the date of dissolution. However, the PML-Q and the PTI have both emphasized that assemblies will be dissolved eventually.
Polls in April
The PTI leader reiterated his forecast for the general elections, saying that he sees them happening in April 2023, just one day after saying they might take place in March or April.
The coalition government, which is led by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), has flatly rejected the PTI’s demand for immediate elections, saying instead that they will be held at the appointed time.
Additionally, Imran’s predictions were mocked by Minister of Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, who stated that the general elections would take place after the coalition government’s constitutional term ended.
In response to the PTI chairman’s comments, she said, “The election will not be held on the basis of mere predictions, rather it will be held on completion of the constitutional term (of the coalition government).”