Rashid, Asad ask govt to finalize date of polls soon

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ISLAMABAD
Former Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid and senior Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar have urged the government to finalize the date of election as soon as possible.
Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Sheikh Rashid questioned the government that if they will decide the date of election with mutual understanding or with the Judo Karate? The Awami Muslim League Pakistan (AMLP) leader further said, “talks are being held to hold elections, make decisions before May 31 or it will be too late.”
Earlier, Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed had claimed that interviews for caretaker PM were being held in Rawalpindi, Islamabad.
Speaking to the media after getting an extension in his interim bail from the Lahore High Court bench of Rawalpindi, Rasheed took the Shehbaz government by surprise and said that they have only one vote majority in their centre, the entire opposition is alive on a single vote.
On the other hand, senior Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar on Saturday asked the government not to put the country to any further test. He urged those at the helm of affairs to immediately announce the general elections so that the situation in the country could be prevented from going bad to worse.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad, he said that providing protection to the former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan was basically the government’s responsibility. “If Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz, who is a convict in a corruption reference, can be provided security, how can a leader of Imran’s stature be deprived of it?” he questioned.
He reminded that masses were the real strength of the party chairman. Asad also dispelled the impression that the PTI planned to create unrest under the guise of the long march. “We believe in the supremacy of the constitution,” he said.
Meanwhile, talking to the media in Multan, former foreign minister and PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that he was certain that this time politicians would line up to get party’s tickets for the general elections.
Qureshi further said that now he had no desire to hold an important position or ministry. “All I want now is to see people of the south Punjab progress,” he added.