Pakistan’s Imran Khan dissolves Punjab Assembly for early election pressure

According to national media reports, the annulment decree sent by Khan’s ally, Punjab Prime Minister Pervez Divine, was not signed by Punjab Governor Balighur Rahman, despite the passage of 48 hours.

According to the law, after the resolution that was not signed in 48 hours, the Assembly was dissolved automatically.

After the dissolution of the parliament, an interim government will be formed and new elections will be held in Punjab within 90 days.

LETTER SENT REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT

Punjab Governor Rahman sent a letter to Hamza Sharif, son of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the main opposition leader in the Punjab Assembly, and to former Punjab Prime Minister Pervez Divine regarding the establishment of the interim government.

The Prime Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mahmud Khan, also announced that the Provincial Assembly would be dissolved today.

Pakistan Justice Movement Party (PTI), led by former Prime Minister Khan, announced on January 12 that the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assemblies would be dissolved.

PTI Vice President Chaudri Favad Hussein emphasized that elections will be held in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa states within 90 days after the parliaments are dissolved. had used the words.

THE POPULATION OF TWO STATES IS OVER 150 MILLION

The PTI, led by Imran Khan, is in power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and was in power in Punjab before the Assembly was dissolved. According to 2017 data of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, its population is 35.5 million. However, the state’s population is estimated to be around 40 million by 2022.

It is known that the population of Punjab, the most populous state of the country, is over 110 million.

According to World Bank data, Pakistan’s population is estimated at around 225 million.

New elections must be held in these states within 90 days of the dissolution of the legislatures.

The elections to be held in these two states with a population of more than 150 million mean that more than half of the country will hold elections.

Experts say that he believes that Imran Khan will increase the number of seats in the elections to be held in these two states and that he can put pressure on the government to declare early general elections.

IMRAN KHAN GOVERNMENT FALL IN APRIL

In Pakistan’s parliament, on April 10, 2022, in the vote of confidence, the government of Imran Khan fell with 174 “no” votes.

Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif, who served as prime minister for three terms in the country, was elected prime minister with the support of the absolute majority with 174 votes in the election held in the Parliament on April 11, 2022.

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