Imran Khan offers olive branch to coalition government in Islamabad

Imran Khan offers olive branch to coalition government in Islamabad

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has invited the coalition government to talk over the possibility of early general elections.

Speaking to the Punjab parliamentary party through a video link on Friday, he had warned if the federal government failed to give an early election date, they would dissolve the assemblies in two provinces, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as a result of which, around 66% of Pakistan would have to vote for by-polls.

The former prime minister lamented the rising unemployment rate while asserting that stability would come with the arrival of the new government.

He reiterated that Pakistan was on the verge of default. He said PTI's demand for early general elections was the part and parcel of the PTI's resolve to shore up the country's economy as the party was totally focused on bringing Pakistan back to its feet.

Speaking on the dissolution of the assembly, Imran Khan stated that his party leadership made this choice for the good of the nation. He questioned whether the current government wanted the elections to be held in only 66 percent of the seats, which are in Punjab and KP.

"We have the full backing of PML-Q. CM Punjab Chaudhry Pervez Elahi will disband the provincial assembly on my call," he vowed.

The former premier slammed Federal Minister Ishaq Dar for saying he would deal with Moody s because he had since remained silent on the subject. He took a swipe at the coalition government, accusing it of lacking a plan.

Imran raised his voice in support of the farmers’ community, saying, "In our time, the farmers had finally received benefits. But now that diesel prices have skyrocketed, farmers are worried.”

He claimed that the ruling party had stolen Rs1100 billion through the NAB amendment.

The PTI chairman said the federal government was required to give the Punjab government Rs176 billion, but it has not done so.

He also claimed that the center has not given money to the governments of Balochistan or KP.