KP coalition partners divided on dissolution of assembly

PESHAWAR: Coalition partners of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) – Jamaat-e-Islami and Awami Jamhoori Ittehad (AJI) – appear to have different stances on the ruling party’s leader Imran Khan’s assertion that the KP Assembly may be dissolved to pressure the federal government in the ongoing power politics. 
“The people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have not taken Imran Khan’s suggestion (KP Assembly dissolution) positively,” JI Ameer Sirajul Haq told a news conference. AJI leader and KP Health Minister Shahram Khan accompanied him. Sirajul Haq, who resigned from the senior minister’s portfolio after his election as JI ameer early this year, told the media that the JI was “coalition partner” and “political ally” of the PTI. The JI ameer was talking to the media after a meeting with the AJI leader to devise a strategy to keep the KP Assembly functioning if the PTI goes ahead with its plan to dissolve the assembly.
“PTI has constitutional right to protest, and the long march is justified, but the JI would not support any move to dissolve the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly,” he said, making division in the coalition partners over the future of the KP Assembly public. “If Khan sahib’s party decides to step down from power (in KP) it would be entirely his own choice.”

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