ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Monday said that its demand for early elections was very legitimate and within Constitutional limits in the wake of the present economic and political turmoil the country was facing.

The PTI also said that it was not the first political party in the country to have made the demand of early elections as both, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had made such demand in the past.

The PTI, the other day, while endorsing the demand of the PPP that the next elections could be held on the basis of old census, but at the same time had called for early polls to be held in March or April next year.

The tenure of the present Assemblies would end in June next year.

PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry on Monday said that the motive behind the opposition of the PPP and PML-N to the demand of early elections was a result of the underhand deal between the two parties.

“The Constitution of Pakistan does not put any bar on the holding of early elections,” he said, adding, that this demand was very much legitimate and Constitutional.

Quoting examples from the past, Chaudhry said that slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto led a movement in 1993 for the holding of early polls.

The purpose behind the “Tehreek-e-Nijat” —a protest movement led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif—against the then PPP government was early elections, he said.

The PTI spokesperson said that both the parties led protest movements in the past demanding early elections when the Assemblies had completed only half of their tenure.

“While the PTI is demanding holding of early elections when only few months for completion of present Assemblies tenure are left,” he said.

Chaudhry said that early elections had become indispensible because the country was facing serious political and economic crisis.

He said that the incumbent government had lost the confidence of the people and an authoritative and real representative government was the need of the hour to take the country out of this crisis.

Chaudhry demanded that early elections were in the larger interest of the nation.

“It is necessary that ineffective and dysfunctional Assemblies should be dissolved for snap polls,” he said, adding. that snap polls were held in the UK after Brexit.

Chaudhry said that the PTI would resist those who were opposing early polls.

The PTI earlier had said that it was opposed to the Constitutional amendment bill tabled by the government in the National Assembly on November 2nd, for the reallocation of seats of National Assembly as well as Provincial Assemblies and delimitation of constituencies.

The PTI claims that there was no harm in holding the general elections on the basis of 1998 census as the delimitation of constituencies would only delay the elections.

The PTI wants that the government should dissolve the Assemblies to hold early polls instead of wasting energy on developing consensus on the Constitutional amendment bill seeking delimitation of constituencies.

Chaudhry here on Sunday had given a commitment that his party would dissolve the Provincial Assembly of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, where PTI was the ruling party, if other parties would agree on the proposal of early elections in the country.