The final word: Khattak rules out dissolution of K-P Assembly

Published: August 18, 2014
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Khattak addresses protesters at a rally. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

Khattak addresses protesters at a rally. PHOTO: PPI/FILE

PESHAWAR: 

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak on Sunday ruled out the possibility of dissolving the provincial government led by his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Speculations were rife in Islamabad about PTI’s central leadership’s decision to dissolve the K-P government following a meeting chaired by the party chief at his hilltop residence situated in Bani Gala on Sunday.

Besides Khattak, other PTI leaders have also dismissed media speculation about the possible dissolution of the provincial assembly.

While talking to the media, the chief minister said that he had assured Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq, a key coalition partner in PTI’s provincial government that his party had no plans to dissolve the assembly. A senior PTI leader rubbished the claim, when asked about the party’s plan on the future of its government,

Another central leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that any decision on the issue will be taken with the chief minister’s consent. “The chief minister was not present during Sunday’s meeting at Bani Gala. Such an important decision cannot be taken in his absence,” he said.

A party insider privy to the development said that despite having used all its options to pressurize Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down the party will not dissolve the PTI-led coalition government in K-P.

“We have the mandate in K-P and we will not let our voters down. The chief minister and the central leadership have been focusing on developmental projects in the province. We will bring a real change,” the party insider revealed.

However, he said that PTI lawmakers in the National Assembly have already submitted their resignations to the party chairman which, he said, would be sent to the speaker if the party’s demands were not met.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th,2014.

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  • Anonymous
    Aug 18, 2014 - 1:32PM

    On the one hand IK declared civil disobedience and on the other they are still in power. Central and provincial elections were held under the same system, how come Imran says the elections were unfair while being in power in KPK.

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  • Imran Qadri
    Aug 18, 2014 - 2:40PM

    This is a major U turn by PTI that its not giving resignation from assemblies KPK and NA even though it criticizes Election commission and calls the whole election of 2013 rigged.Recommend

  • Fappy
    Aug 18, 2014 - 2:42PM

    “We have the mandate in K-P and we will not let our voters down”

    I thought Election was rigged? so you are saying it was fair where you won? basically you just dont want to let go of the seats you won, perks and privileges! what a shame.

    and BTW you have let your voters down by calling them to stop paying bills, regardless of what you think “NO BILL NO SERVICE” so this is NAYA PAKISTAN? no light, no gas, no water.

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  • Ex-PMLN
    Aug 18, 2014 - 5:16PM

    Offcourse election were rigged in most areas including KPK. But IK has offered if any political leader wants re-counting or re-election on those seats which PTI has won in KPK. They are most welcome. Meaning that PTI is not fearful of bogus votes in its constituency and has the legitimate right to not leave the Provincial government. However, on the other side, PTI is accusing PMLN of rigging. But PMLN is not willing to re-count the votes coz there is something very fishy and we have seen it in the previous results of re-counting by ECP. Hope that clarifies the matter for the intellectual people. Rest can keep shouting.Recommend

  • Kiran
    Aug 18, 2014 - 5:30PM

    If PTI is sincere it should resign from both the provincial and national assemblies, since their members have been booted out for rigging aswell. Either you accept the election results or you dont. You cant pick and choose. With regards to audit, PMLn have already asked CJ through national tv to investigate the rigging, which if proved will see pmln resigning.

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  • Mirza
    Aug 19, 2014 - 12:29AM

    Why should you retire for IK who is looking for power? You are already in power and would not part with the perks and monies. PTI would break if the members of KPK assembly are asked to resign from their elected posts.

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