More than 5 MNAs of ruling coalition are in touch with PTI, Fawad tells Sanaullah

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry addresses the media in Islamabad. screengrab geo news

ISLAMABAD: Responding to Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah’s statement that five PTI MPs may “disappear” during the voting for Punjab Chief Minister, Fawad Chaudhry claimed that five of the ruling coalition’s members would be “missing”. More MNAs are in touch with his party.

Voting for Punjab’s chief minister’s post will take place on July 22 and PTI candidate Parvez Elahi is expected to win after the party’s resounding victory in Sunday’s Punjab by-elections, which placed it as the single largest party in the provincial assembly.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, Fawad Chaudhry urged the deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly, who will also be the presiding officer of the crucial session, to take note of the interior minister’s July 18 statement and bar him from entering the province. Give.

He claimed that PTI would form the government again in Punjab on July 22, adding that they may ban the entry of Rana Sanaullah and Punjab Home Minister Ataullah Tarar into the province the next day.

“People like Rana Sanaullah and Attaullah Tarar are cancer for Punjab,” he added.

Referring to the numbers game in the National Assembly, the PTI leader said the federal government is on ventilators, adding that they can send packing to the coalition government whenever they want.

Taking a jibe at the current movement, Fawad Chaudhry said that they could not stabilize the market and the dollar climbed to Rs 10 despite signing an employee-level agreement with the IMF.

“If Imran Khan’s demand for general elections was accepted, the country would have achieved political and economic stability,” he said.

He urged the government to show maturity and take up the issue of electoral framework during today’s meeting of the heads of coalition parties and PDM in Lahore.

Fawad Chaudhry said that PTI is ready for talks with the government if PM Shahbaz Sharif announces the date of general elections.

He said that Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz should resign after the crushing defeat in the by-elections in the state.

The former information minister also slammed the government for making “false cases” against the PTI leadership – during the events of the “Azadi March” on May 25 and the Punjab by-polls.

“… it (the government) made a false communal case against Zulfi Bukhari and tried to arrest him; attempted to arrest a decent man named Shibli Faraz; also arrested Shahbaz Gill, where he was held for four hours. Water was not even given for a long time.

‘CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja should resign’

Going forward, Fawad said that Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja should resign as he has “little time left” – or he will eventually be ousted.

The former federal minister said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should be reconstituted and new officials with support from all political parties should be brought in.

Fawad demanded that early elections be held in the country on the call of his party and PTI President Imran Khan.

In a scathing attack on Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz, the former information minister demanded the top official of the province to resign from the post in accordance with political conventions.

“He [Hamza Shahbaz] be ashamed of. His party suffered a humiliating defeat, accepted even by Maryam Nawaz and Malik Ahmed. He should have tendered his resignation soon thereafter.”