PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to retain the provincial assembly.
In the wake of serious developments on the political front at the Centre, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has ruled out the dissolution of provincial assembly at the moment, claiming that he has not received any instructions from the prime minister in this regard.
Following the abrupt dissolution of the National Assembly by the President of Pakistan on the PM’s advice and sudden change of Punjab governor amid political turmoil in the largest province, speculations were making the rounds about future of the provincial assemblies.
Constitution’s Article 112 (1) provides for dissolution of a provincial assembly if so advised by the chief minister, and the provincial assembly shall, unless sooner dissolved, should stand dissolved at the expiration of 48 hours after CM’s advice.
Currently there is no immediate threat of a vote of no-confidence against CM Khan as the PTI has the support of 94 members in the 145-member KP Assembly.
Despite a recent claim made by Pakistan Peoples Party’s provincial president Najmuddin Khan that they would be bringing a no-trust motion against the chief minister soon, because they had the support of many disgruntled PTI MPAs, no such revolt in the ruling party is visible here so far.
Provincial Minister for Labor Shaukat Yousafzai said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was not being dissolved and would remain intact.
Shaukat Yousafzai said that PTI will once again come to power with a majority, the opposition is still fed up and they will also be defeated in the elections.
The provincial minister advised the opposition not to panic and prepare for the elections.