For ‘sake’ of Pakistan’s future, Imran Khan to dissolve two local assemblies on December 23

LahorePakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan on Saturday announced that his party will dissolve two provincial assemblies ahead of schedule next week in a bid to pressure the federal government to hold early general elections. Khan has campaigned for midterm elections since being ousted from power in April in a parliamentary vote that has fueled political uncertainty in the South Asian nation, even as it struggles to stave off financial default. Is.

Khan’s party controls two of the country’s four provincial assemblies. The other two are controlled by his political opponents, who also control the federal government under Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and who have said they will not hold national and local elections due in November 2023.

“Next Friday (December 23), we will dissolve the Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assemblies,” Khan said while addressing a gathering of his supporters in the eastern city of Lahore.

Punjab, controlled by Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, is the country’s most populous province and makes up nearly half of the country’s population of 220 million.

Dissolution could create a fresh constitutional crisis in the country.

Historically, elections for the federal and provincial governments have been held at the same time in a general election every five years. If the two provincial assemblies are dissolved earlier, separate elections would have to be held for them within 90 days, which could lead to legal problems.

Khan, who was wounded last month in an apparent assassination attempt, said he was “sacrificing” his two provincial governments for the future of the country.

He said that elections in two provinces would mean holding elections in 66% of the country, and therefore the government could hold a general election.