Giving an appropriate response to the demands posed by Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Thursday that the National Assembly would decide the date of the next general elections and that “the dictation of the former Pakistani prime minister won it doesn’t work.” “I want to make it clear to the leader of this group (PTI), that your dictation will not work. This house will decide when to hold elections,” Shehbaz was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper.
He made the remarks while speaking at a parliamentary session in Pakistan, as he attacked PTI chairman Imran Khan who held the city of Islamabad hostage on Wednesday. Pakistan witnessed chaos in the country on Wednesday as clashes erupted between police and PTI workers in major cities after authorities tried to block them from moving towards D-Chowk in the federal capital , following Imran Khan’s vow not to leave D-Chowk until a new poll date.
Pakistan’s leader Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), who was ousted as prime minister in a no-confidence motion in April this year, gave the Shehbaz Sharif government a six-day deadline to announce elections and dissolving assemblies warning that if the deadline is not met, he would return to the capital with the “entire nation”. It comes after the former Pakistani prime minister reached the capital late Wednesday evening, breaking through barriers and defying police shelling to enter the red zone. They later dispersed after negotiations with the police.
Speaking to his supporters on Thursday morning, Imran said he had decided to sit in D-Chowk until the government dissolved the assemblies and announced elections. “But from what I have seen in the last 24 hours, they (the government) are leading the nation towards anarchy,” he said, saying the government was trying to create division.
He said the Shehbaz Sharif government would be happy if it staged a sit-in as it would lead to clashes. (ANI)
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