ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Thursday said if PTI truly wants elections in the country, it should dissolve the assemblies in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), saying that it was a prerequisite of his demand for general elections.
Speaking to the reporters in Islamabad, he said that Imran Khan appointed the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sultan Sikandar Raja himself.
He said the ECP chief could not be sacked on mere threats hurled by Imran.
He insisted that the PTI chief would “never prefer early polls” and that “he is making such demands only to discredit the government.”
Sanaullah said PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif wanted the country to move towards elections, however, “this man [Imran] is asking for the sacking of chief election commissioner without realizing that fact that the CEC cannot be replaced without fulfillment of a required constitutional process.”
He asked Imran to dissolve the two assemblies if he was “sincere” in his demand for early polls.
To a question, Sanaullah said the case of Model Town had already been decided wherein the allegations against his party leaders could not be proved.
The interior minister demanded the ECP to “immediately announce” the verdict in the foreign funding case, which has been reserved for eight weeks.
Sanaullah claimed the PML-N would “sweep” Punjab if elections were held, saying “we will form our government”.
The minister also blamed the PTI government for the current inflation the country was facing. “They signed an agreement with the IMF and we just implemented it.”
He said the incumbent government only raised the power tariff and did nothing else that added to the country’s soaring inflation.