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Coalition parties reject Imran Khan's warning, say govt to decide on elections

Govt will "not allow any mob to impose decision [related to elections] on basis of force", says coalition

By Web Desk
October 17, 2022
(Left to right) Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari (C), and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman hold a press conference in Islamabad, on March 8, 2022. — AFP
(Left to right) Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari (C), and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman hold a press conference in Islamabad, on March 8, 2022. — AFP

ISLAMABAD: The ruling coalition parties Monday rejected PTI Chairman Imran Khan's demand for early elections and said that the decision to fix a date for the polls rests only with the government.

The coalition parties, in a statement, said that the government would "not allow any mob to impose a decision [related to the elections] on the basis of force".

"Those who take the law into their hands will be dealt with according to the Constitution and the law."

The coalition parties also strongly condemned the allegations and statements issued against former president Asif Ali Zardari and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif.

Regarding the appointment of the next army chief, the statement said that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif will make a decision on the matter as per the law of Pakistan, adding that the "foreign-funded rabble-rouser" Khan would not be allowed to use "intimidation and dictation tactics" to have his own way.

They further added that the aim of targeting the army chief, leadership of intelligence institutions, officers, chief election commissioner, and others is tantamount to "blackmailing", which is definitely not a political act but a part of a conspiracy, which will not be allowed to succeed.

"It is clear that as per the Constitution and law of the country, only the premier has the constitutional authority to make appointments to important posts, including that of the army chief," the statement read.

Referring to Khan, the statement further added that "a person deprived of power is targeting national institutions under a deliberate agenda."

"Actions like dirty campaigns against the martyrs of the Pakistan Army, and encouragement of rebellion in the army are tantamount to anti-nationalism which will be dealt with according to the Constitution and law."

The ruling parties added that the Constitution, democracy, and system will not be allowed to be enslaved on the basis of bullying and intimidation.

The statement also clarified that the economy of the country and the rehabilitation of the flood victims is the top national priority at this time, on which there will be no compromise.

"The government, institutions, and the people of Pakistan agree that political instability will not be allowed to derail the economy, while access to resources for flood victims will not be affected in any way."