Imran warns of protests if polls not held within time

LAHORE (Agencies): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Saturday threatened to launch countrywide protests if elections are not held in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) within 90 days after the dissolution of the provincial assemblies.

During an interaction with journalists in Lahore, the former prime minister — who was ousted from the office via a no-confidence motion in April last year — said that the caretaker governments in the provinces should have played a “neutral” role but unfortunately, they were not fulfilling their responsibilities. Responding to a question, the PTI chairman asked under which law they (the coalition govt) will restore the provincial assemblies in KP and Punjab — if the polls do not take place within the stipulated time.

Referring to the police raid at his residence in Zaman Park on March 18, Khan lashed out at the Mohsin Raza Naqvi-led interim Punjab government and remarked that there was no reason for the “attack” on his house in his absence. The Punjab police had dismantled the main gate of Khan’s residence with the help of heavy machinery and broke into his house when he left for Islamabad to attend a hearing in the Toshakhana case.

Terming Punjab’s interim CM Naqvi, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Anwar, and CCPO Lahore Bilal Saddique Kamyana as “criminals”, Khan said that a case has been prepared in connection with the “attack” on his house, adding that it would be filed soon.

Talking about the current political situation, the deposed premier said that PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi and PTI President Parvez Elahi have been given the task to restore contacts with the other political parties.