Imran Khan willing to wait till Oct for elections roadmap

Lahore/Islamabad, Apr 05 (PTI):
Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said that he was ready to wait till October if the ruling Pakistan Democratic Movement-led coalition government shares a roadmap with him for holding fair general elections.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Khan has been demanding early national elections since his ouster in April last year after he lost a confidence vote in Parliament.
Pakistan’s election commission is preparing to hold general elections by October.
Khan, former cricketer-turned-politician, said that he was ready to wait till October for elections, however, his decision depends on the willingness of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)-led coalition government, The News reported.
The PDM mostly comprises political parties in the ruling coalition, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Khan, 70, said that if the coalition government shares a roadmap with him ensuring that everything will be in order then he can wait till October for the elections.
Addressing his party workers and supporters via video link, the PTI chief lauded the Supreme Court’s verdict of setting aside the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) ruling and ordering the Punjab Assembly polls on May 14.
Khan claimed that the PML-N led federal government has made a plan to defy the apex court’s order to hold elections in Punjab province on May 14, urging his party supporters to get ready to take to streets to protect the Constitution.
On the other hand, the ruling coalition announced that it is ready to face contempt of court or disqualifications but will not implement the SC’s decision.
A three-member bench of the Sup reme Court led by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday fixed May 14 as the new date for elections to the Punjab Assembly, as the apex court quashed the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision to extend the polls date from April 10 to Oct 8.

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