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Imran demands early elections, says ‘Abbasi should seek fresh mandate’

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Criticising the ruling party on several fronts, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan on Sunday demanded that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi seek a fresh mandate by holding early elections.

“This is necessary for a democracy,” the PTI leader said during a press conference in Islamabad. “In order to save and strengthen the democracy, you [PM Abbasi] should move towards elections. Seek the people’s mandate.”

During the press conference, Khan criticised the ruling party on several fronts, stating that the country’s foreign affairs were being affected.

‘Endangering Pakistan’
Khan said that the statement made by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif ─ and later endorsed by PM Abbasi and reiterated by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal ─ that Pak­istan needs to “put its house in order” was “endangering” the country.

The statement is similar to the narrative adopted by New Delhi at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), he added.

During her address at the UNGA on Saturday, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj had called Pakistan an “export factory for terror”. Last year, India had termed Pakistan a “terrorist state.”

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