Faisal asks IK to dissolve assemblies of his ruling before seeking polls

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Special Assistance to Prime Minister Faisal Kareem Kundi on Sunday demanded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan to first dissolve assemblies of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and Punjab, if he seriously wishes to compel the federal government to announce early elections.

He said the government would only hold elections on its schedule after completing its constitutional tenure, that is in October, 2023, however, quipping that the government could only extend favour to the PTI chief was that if he offers any date of the said month (October) next year.

He denounced all fake news attributed to former president Asif Ali Zardari and categorically ruled out any back-door meetings with PTI chief. Meanwhile, he slammed Imran Khan for allegedly holding the “midnight secret meetings”, which he said was continuing to this day.

He said that the appointment of the next army chief would be held as per the set procedure that was practiced in the past as well, ruling out any consultation with the PTI chief.

“The appointment of chief of army staff is a prerogative of the prime minister,” said Kundi, adding that the secretary defence would forward names to the prime minister, and out of those names PM would select one name.

He also said that the prime minister can also hold deliberations with the allied political parties in the coalition government over the appointment of the army chief, categorically stating that “Imran Khan is nobody that the PM would hold discussion pertaining to this matter”.—APP

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