Imran threatens street protests if polls not held in 90 days

  • Reveals Gen Bajwa pressurized him into friendly relations with India
  • Says Qureshi, Elahi tasked with establishing contacts with other parties

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday warned that his supporters would take to the streets if elections were not held in Punjab and KP provinces within the stipulated constitutional timeframe of 90 days.

In a meeting with reporters and social media influencers here at his Zaman Park residence, the PTI Chairman stated that if polls were not held within the stipulated timeframe, the country would be left without a Constitution.

“..We will be left with no option but to launch countrywide protests if elections are not held in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) within 90 days, to uphold the Constitution,” he declared.

The press delegation included Khurram Malik, Khawaja Ramzan, Rana Faran Yameen, Jawad Hasan, Anas Zafar, Tahir Ahmed, and noted analyst Chaudhry Ghulam Hussain.

“The caretaker governments in the Punjab and KP provinces should have played a neutral role but unfortunately, they are not fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities”, Imran regretted.

The PTI chief questioned as “under which law the government of crooks would restore the provincial assemblies in KP and Punjab if the polls did not take place within the constitutional mandated timeframe.”

Imran Khan revealed that Qamar Javed Bajwa pressurized him into establishing friendly relations with India, which was why matters took a turn for the worse, adding that Bajwa was not a man of principles.

The PTI Chairman suggested that accountability against Gen Bajwa’s actions should come from within the army, adding that President Arif Alvi was not playing any role to establish contacts between the military establishment and the PTI.

Imran said that PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi and PTI President Pervaiz Elahi had been tasked with establishing contacts with other parties and politicians, adding that there were no restrictions on any party member meeting other political figures.

Lashing out at the PDM for targeting the Supreme Court for taking suo motu notice of delay on elections to the Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assemblies, he said that they agreed with similar proceedings of the court to restore provincial assemblies in the past when it benefitted them.

He expressed concerns over the crackdown on the PTI, saying they have been completely blocked on the media and now attempts are being made to control social media.

Imran Khan lashed out at the Mohsin Raza Naqvi-led interim Punjab government and remarked that there was no reason for the attack on his house in his absence, and saying that he was going to pursue the matter in the courts against Punjab’s interim CM Naqvi, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Anwar, and CCPO Lahore Bilal Saddique Kamyana who, he called them’ as criminals.



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