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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal has once again ruled out possibility of immediate elections in country, citing the flood situation.
“Immediate elections are not possible due to the flood situation across the country,” the planning minister said while talking to journalists in Quetta.
Ahsan Iqbal noted that it was not possible to hold immediate elections in the country as it would take almost six months for the water to recede from the flood-affected areas. “Moreover, the new census will also be held by March next year,” he added.
Lambasting the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) long march, Ahsan Iqbal said people of Pakistan want a long march in economic development and not political.
The federal minister said that implementing the demand for immediate election was not possible administratively.
Earlier on November 13, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan reiterated the demand for free and fair elections in the country and requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) for judicial intervention in the Wazirabad gun attack, Arshad Sharif’s assassination and Azam Swati’s case.
He said that four long marches were conducted then opposition parties during the PTI government and no hurdles were created for the protests.