Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervez Elahi said Sunday he won't "wait for a minute" to dissolve the provincial assembly if PTI Chairman Imran Khan asks him to.
"Imran Khan entrusted the Punjab government to [me]. We stand with those whom we support," the chief minister — whose party, PML-Q, is an ally of the PTI — said in a video statement.
The chief minister of Pakistan's biggest province warned the Shehbaz Sharif-led coalition government in the Centre that in case PTI and its exit the country's assemblies, then their "government, which expands over a mere 27kms, won't last for the next 27 hours".
پنجاب حکومت عمران خان کی امانت ہے۔ ہم وضع دار لوگ ہیں جس کے ساتھ چلتے ہیں اس کا ساتھ نہیں چھوڑتے۔ اسمبلیوں سے جب استعفے دئیے تو شہباز شریف کی 27 کلومیٹر کی حکومت 27 گھنٹے بھی نہیں چل سکے گی۔ عمران خان اسمبلیاں تو ڑنے کا کہیں گے تو ایک منٹ کی دیر نہیں ہوگی۔ #ImranKhan #Punjab pic.twitter.com/xHDHATucxJ— Ch Parvez Elahi (@ChParvezElahi) November 27, 2022
The PML-Q's senior leader added that Khan's plan entered its "decisive round" during the Rawalpindi jalsa on Saturday and that once the PTI and its allies start resigning from the assemblies, the Pakistan Democratic Movement's (PDM) government would start falling on its own.
Elahi's statement came after Khan — who has ended the long march — told a charged rally in Pindi that his party had decided that they would not remain a part of the "corrupt political system", and quit all the assemblies.
“Instead of destruction and ransacking, we have decided to quit the assemblies and come out of the corrupt system, wherein the powerful and billionaires get their cases are written off and the poor rot in jail," he said.
Moving on, Elahi came down hard on the PML-N "show-offs" and warned them that once country-wide elections are held, they would receive unprecedented defeat that would be remembered for generations to come.
The Punjab chief minister claimed that Pakistan would be ruled in line with Islam and that with every passing day, his government would ensure that it undertakes projects to benefit the common people.
Khan has called off his long march to Islamabad, but has not announced when will he quit the assemblies. Although, the PTI chief said that he would hold consultations on the date later on.
The PTI began its long march toward the federal capital on October 28 in an attempt to force the coalition government to early elections. The march was abruptly stopped on November 3 after Khan was wounded in an assassination bid.
It was later resumed from the same point but led by PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Khan then joined his supporters a day earlier, when he called off the march.
Taking to Twitter earlier today, the PTI chief said: "I want to thank all the people who came in such huge numbers from across Pakistan to our Rawalpindi Azadi March yesterday."
"Our Tehreek will continue until we establish rule of law and real freedom," he added.