Shujaat rules out Punjab Assembly dissolution, early elections


JUI-F delegation calls on PML-Q chief


Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that neither would the Punjab Assembly be dissolved, nor was there any possibility of early elections in the country.

He made these remarks in a meeting with JUI-F leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri who, along with a party delegation, met with the PML-Q chief at his residence in Lahore, Express News reported on Sunday. His statement comes as the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) decided not to dissolve the Punjab Assembly until the outcome of the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision in Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi’s de-notification case. On December 23, the LHC restored CM Elahi after Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman de-notified him for failing to take a vote of confidence in the Punjab Assembly.

However, after hearing the arguments of the Punjab government and others, the LHC suspended the notification following Elahi’s undertaking that he would not dissolve the assembly before the next hearing.

During a meeting with the senior party leaders in Lahore on Saturday, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said that the Punjab CM’s vote of confidence was subjected to the court’s decision on Jan 11, asking them to be prepared for the confidence vote in case the court orders to take it.

During Sunday’s meeting, JUI-F leader Ghafoor Haideri also informed Chaudhry Shujaat about the problems being faced by the people in Balochistan, especially the shortage of flour.

They also discussed economic and political issues of the country.

Speaking to the delegation, the PML-Q chief said it is the responsibility of the provincial governments to take action against hike in prices of essential commodities. He called upon all political leaders to resolve the issues of the masses on priority basis as common man is worried due to the ongoing flour crisis in the country.