Punjab Government Of Pakistan Dismissed, A Setback For Ex-PM Khan’s Desire For Early Elections
December 24, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News
Pakistan’s LAHORE – Imran Khan’s ambitions to compel early elections in the South Asian country suffered a setback on Friday when a major supporter of the former premier was dismissed from his position as chief minister of the nation’s largest province.
The action will exacerbate Pakistan’s already acute balance of payment crisis and economic collapse.
Khan’s rival Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appointed Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, who on Friday ordered the resignation of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.
Rehman said that he took action because Elahi neglected to request the necessary vote of confidence after the governor had requested that he do so.
Rehman’s decision, obtained by Reuters, stated, “I am confident that he doesn’t command the trust of the majority of the members of the Punjab Assembly, and consequently ceases to retain his position with immediate effect.”
According to the report, Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province, too had its cabinet abolished.
However, Elahi will remain in position until a replacement is chosen, according to the governor’s directive.
According to his party’s spokesman Musarrat Cheema, the ousted chief minister has appealed the dismissal at the High Court.
The dissolution of two provincial administrations led by Khan’s party and coalition allies was announced last week.
He had previously stated that after that his party will also leave the federal parliament, which is controlled by a unity government made up of his opposition parties.
In such situation, more than 60% of the legislative seats would have been vacant, strengthening Khan’s argument for early elections.
Since he was removed from office in April after losing a vote of confidence in the parliament, Khan has pushed for immediate elections and organized nationwide protests to put pressure on the ruling party.
Khan was fired at at one of these protests and was wounded.
The proposal has been denied by Sharif’s unity government, which has consistently stated that the elections would go place as scheduled later in 2023.
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