Imran says country needs fresh elections

PTI chief tells Punjab lawmakers revolution knocking on the door

Our Correspondent September 18, 2022
Former prime minister Imran Khan addressing a rally in Haripur on August 24, 2022. SCREENGRAB


PTI chairman and deposed premier Imran Khan on Sunday said snap polls were needed by the whole country and not by his party alone.

“Revolution is knocking on the door and it should be given way through peaceful elections,” the PTI chief told members of the Punjab Assembly and cabinet during a meeting.

The huddle was held at Punjab House in Islamabad to discuss the country’s overall political scene, situation arising out of torrential rains and flash floods, administrative goals in the province and the need for having elections in the country at the earliest.

The ex-premier maintained that the success in the Punjab by-elections was an expression of public’s confidence in the PTI.

He added that Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi of the PML-Q was a politician who believed in practically achieving targets and PTI lawmakers should support him for this purpose.

Imran further said the people of Punjab were expecting that the PTI would implement the agenda of true freedom.

The PTI chairman has frequently accused the US of conducting “regime change operation” in the country and imposing rulers of its liking.

He claimed that he was ousted from power as part of the ‘US-orchestrated plan’ because he was pursuing an “independent foreign policy”.

In his short speech to the provincial lawmakers, the PTI chief said the Punjab cabinet and the province’s parliamentary party should stand firm with the people on the narrative of “true freedom”.

Maintaining that the people were with the PTI, Imran said that the party would have to move towards elections soon.

During the meeting, the PTI chairman and the provincial lawmakers discussed the “ban on media, revenge tactics against political opponents and violations of human rights”.

Four resolutions were also passed during the meeting.

In the first resolution, the participants expressed solidarity with the flood victims across the country and lauded the PTI chairman’s efforts to generate funds for the affected people through telethons.

Through the second resolution, they condemned the “economic destruction” by the incumbent government and lashed out at it for burdening people with sky-rocketing inflation.

The third resolution expressed full confidence in the leadership of the PTI chairman and the fourth resolution condemned the “shameful propaganda” based on religious hatred against Imran disseminated via PTV at state expense.

The participants of the meeting agreed to improve the cooperation between the coalition parties in Punjab government.

Imran and the provincial leadership expressed their full confidence in the Punjab chief minister's leadership and the administrative measures and plans that he had taken so far.

A strategy to solve the problems being faced by the members of the provincial assembly at an individual level was also finalised.

The former premier congratulated the provincial lawmakers on the historic win in the Punjab by-polls, instructing PTI members to stay close to the people.

In his media talk after the meeting, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said the current situation of the country would either lead to general elections or a revolution.

He added that elections were the country’s most important issue and they would lead to political stability.

Former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the PTI was demanding free and fair elections, but the government was running away from them, causing harm to the country.


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