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Sunday 2nd October 2022 / 6 Rabiulawal 1444

Shehbaz’s govt warns of imposing governor’s rule in Punjab

Shehbaz’s govt warns of imposing governor’s rule in Punjab

ISLAMABAD: The federal government Wednesday warned of imposing the governor’s rule in Punjab in case the provincial government banned Rana Sanaullah’s entry as announced by PTI earlier.  

Addressing a press conference in the federal capital interior minister Rana Sanaullah said that if his entry into Punjab is banned, it might lead to the imposition of the governor’s rule in Pakistan’s most populated province — as PTI leaders had suggested prohibiting his entry in Punjab.

“The summary to impose governor’s rule is being drafted, and I — personally — have started work on it,” he added.

The interior minister noted that the ongoing situation was a matter of “concern” for the entire nation and that the dollar was strengthening quickly against the rupee.

“When such events take place, the situation will be what it is,” he said, referring to the apex court’s judgment and the PTI’s constant protests against the government.

Analysts have, meanwhile, urged for calm between the coalition rulers and PTI as it is crucial during these “precarious” moments amid dwindling foreign reserves, fast-dropping currency, and historic high inflation.

The interior minister said that the SC’s decision will lead to further deterioration in the political arena — which is a major reason for the rupee’s fast depreciation.

Sanaullah added that after the no-confidence motion against former prime minister Imran Khan was successful, the PML-N opined for moving towards snap polls, indicating that the coalition partners did not agree.

He also added that once general polls take place, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif will come back to the country and lead the election campaigns.

“But now, the federal government is a government of coalition partners, and this coalition has formed governments in Sindh and Balochistan. The federal government has its own significance,” he said

It is pertinent to mention here that last week PTI’s senior leader Fawad Chaudhry announced that Rana Sanaullah’s entry to Punjab would be banned after PTI formed government in the province. 

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