Prime Minister advises President to dissolve assembly

Foreign interference made into politics of Pakistan: PM

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday announced that he had advised the President to dissolve the National Assembly, paving way for holding of fresh elections in the country.

The prime minister in his short-televised address to the nation made an announcement, soon after the National Assembly session was prorogued by the deputy speaker, rejecting the opposition’s push for the no-trust motion as unconstitutional.

The prime minister asked the nation to get prepared for the fresh elections as he had sent a summary, advising the president to dissolve assemblies.

He said the process for holding of new elections and procedure for the caretaker government would take place accordingly. President Dr Arif Alvi Sunday approved the advice of Prime Minister Imran Khan to dissolve the National Assembly. The president accorded his approval to the prime minister’s advice ‘under Article 58 (1) read with Article 48(1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan’, President Secretariat Press Wing said in a press release. Earlier, in a televised address to the nation, the prime minister announced that he had sent an advice to the president to dissolve the assembly, paving way for holding of fresh election in the country.

The prime minister expressing his resolve said that nation would not allow the corrupt elements to decide their fate. “The grave conspiracy against the government has failed,” he added.

The prime minister congratulated the nation on the deputy speaker’s ruling against the no-trust motion, terming it as unconstitutional as it was an effort at changing of the regime through a foreign planned conspiracy and under a foreign agenda.

“Speaker has rejected the move and I felicitate the whole nation,” he said, adding that he knew that the nation was concerned over such conspiracy.

“Ghabrana Nahi Hai (do’t get worried), it is my message to the conspirators,” the prime minister said while addressing his political foes in his popular coined phrase.

The prime minister said that Pakistan came into being on 27th of Ramazan. The nation would foil such plans. He also justified the deputy speaker’s ruling.

He said that opposition leaders should have spent their ill-gotten pelf on the provision of facilities to the poor instead of bribing the members of the assembly to switch their party allegiance.

Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday reiterated that a foreign interference had been made into the internal politics of Pakistan as a plan for a no-confidence motion was orchestrated outside.

Addressing Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders, he said that in the National Security Committee’s meeting, the country’s highest security body, it was also noted that a foreign interference was made into the internal politics of the country through a no-confidence motion.

He said minutes of the communique regarding a meeting between the ambassador of Pakistan in the US and the US officials were shared in the NSC’s meeting.

The prime minister said a plan was perpetrated outside Pakistan to interfere into internal politics of the country, adding when the highest national security body confirmed it, it became irrelevant as to how many numbers the opposition had in the assembly. The embassy officials of the said country were also in contact with the PTI members who had defected, he said.

The prime minister referring to his announcement early in the day, said that the opposition was in a state of shock and they did not know what had happened to them. Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked the leaders of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to accept government’s offer of general elections instead of being part of any foreign conspiracy.

In a series of tweets on Sunday night, he urged the opposition to abstain from indulging in blatant purchasing of loyalties aiming to destroying national moral fibre. Imran Khan said he is astonished over the reaction of Pakistan Democratic Movement regarding government’s call of general elections.

The Prime Minister said they (opposition leaders) have been crying hoarse about how incumbent government has failed and lost support of the people, if so, why they are afraid of elections now.

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