Punjab

Demand for snap election is unreasonable: Shahbaz

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif remarked on Tuesday that the demand for a snap election is unreasonable.
While speaking to media in Lahore, he said that the demand for snap elections is coming from people who have ruined Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “There are so many dengue cases being reported in KP but its officials have gone into hiding in mountains.”
“These people [Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz rivals] are against the construction of the Metro train project. They don’t want the project to be completed on time,” he claimed.
Taking a dig at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson Imran Khan, Shehbaz said that Imran is himself absconding from the courts and then levelling allegations against others.
Shehbaz then moved onto political rival, Asif Ali Zardari and claimed that it is ironic that Zardari is speaking about corruption. “Zardari has looted $60 million from the people of Pakistan.”
Speaking about PML-N president, Shehbaz remarked that Nawaz Sharif is the leader of the party and his decision will be accepted by the others.
Earlier in the day, Shehbaz had visited Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute, which is currently under construction. He shared that the first phase of the hospital will be completed by December 25, adding that the 360-bedded hospital will be constructed by next year.
“It is a project of which is being funded through public-private partnership,” he remarked, adding that the patients at the hospital will be treated free of cost. Currently, the government is searching for qualified doctors from across the globe for the hospital, he added.
On smog in Lahore, Shehbaz remarked that there are different reasons for it. “We will overcome this challenge soon.”
No chance of early elections: Ahsan Iqbal
On Monday, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal rejected calls for early elections and said the assemblies will be dissolved on June 5, 2018, after completing their constitutional tenure.
Iqbal, in the company of the PML-N leaders, said Pakistan is a democracy and the only NRO in the existing in the country is the one in the hands of the people.
The interior minister further said all political parties of the country had agreed that the provisional results of the census would be used to hold the next general elections and it is not possible to conduct next year’s elections on the results of the 1998 census.
He said it would be unfair to the smaller provinces if the elections are held on the results of the ’98 census.
Iqbal added that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will start preparing for the general elections after the passing of a Constitutional amendment on November 10.
Again rubbishing the talk of early elections, the interior minister reiterated that political parties of the country need to accept the provisional results and move forward as there is no chance of early elections.