Fawad says assemblies will be dissolved in a week or two

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Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Friday said that both Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab assemblies would eventually be dissolved whether it takes a week’s time or two.

He was speaking to the media after the Lahore High Court (LHC) reinstated Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as Punjab chief minister after getting assurance from the PTI-allied Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) leader that he would not dissolve the Punjab Assembly.

“Assemblies will be dissolved no matter what… whether it takes a week or two, they will be dissolved and the country will move towards general elections,” he said, adding that the PTI does not agree to the undertaking submitted in the court.

Fawad said that the PTI-led coalition in the province was ready to take the vote of confidence, saying that they may even take it before the January 11 date given by the court.

“We only stated that we are waiting for our MPAs that are not in the country at the moment,” he said and added that Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman indulged in misconduct by de-notifying CM Elahi “illegally”.

Welcoming LHC’s decision, Fawad said that the restoration proves that the governor’s notification was unconstitutional and that it had no legal value.

“A ‘selected’ governor cannot send an elected chief minister home. I request the president to act upon Speaker’s letter and initiate proceeding to remove the governor from his post,” he said.