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Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif

Your dictation won't work: Shehbaz Sharif on Imran Khan's demand for early polls

ANI | Updated: May 27, 2022 06:41 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 27 (ANI): Giving a befitting response to the demands posed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said that the National Assembly would decide the date for the next general elections and former Pakistan PM's "dictation won't work."
"I want to clarify to the leader of this group (PTI), your dictation won't work. This house will decide when to hold elections," Dawn newspaper quoted Shehbaz as saying.
He made these remarks while speaking during a Parliament session in Pakistan, as he lashed out at the PTI Chairman Imran Khan, who on Wednesday took the city of Islamabad hostage.
Pakistan witnessed mayhem in the country on Wednesday as clashes took place between police and PTI workers in major cities after authorities tried to block them from moving toward D-Chowk in the federal capital, following the Imran Khan's vow not to vacate D-Chowk until a date for fresh polls.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief, who was ousted as Prime Minister through a no-confidence motion in April this year, gave the Shehbaz Sharif government a six-day deadline for announcing elections and dissolving assemblies warning that if the deadline is not met he would return to the capital with the "entire nation".
This comes after the former Pakistan PM reached the capital city late Wednesday night, breaking through the barriers and braved police shelling to enter the Red Zone. They subsequently dispersed from the area after negotiations with the police.
While addressing his supporters on Thursday morning, Imran said that he had decided that he would sit at the D-Chowk until the government dissolved assemblies and announced elections.
"But of what I have seen in the past 24 hours, they (govt) are taking the nation towards anarchy," he stated, stating that the government was trying to create a divide.
He said that the Shehbaz Sharif government would be happy if he staged a sit-in as it would lead to clashes. (ANI)