ISLAMABAD - Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah said Monday that 2018 elections could be held on the basis of 1998 census.

Talking to media persons here, he said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has no objection if the next general election was held on the basis of 1998 census results.

His comments come amidst speculations that the next elections could be delayed due to the pending delimitations.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has been advocating early elections in the country. PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said his party was ready to dissolve the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly for snap polls.

Shah said: “The general election should be held on its scheduled time. We can conduct the polls on the basis of the previous census. The PPP is against snap polls but we are also against the delay in polls.”

The PPP leader said that his party had reservations against the census results in Sindh which were “understated”.

Shah said the number of assembly seats in Sindh would have been increased if the census results were authentic. The PPP leader said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had won the previous general election in many constituencies under the earlier delimitation.

To a question, Shah said the conspirators against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif were within the PML-N. “He doesn’t need to find them anywhere else. They are within the PML-N. Who needs enemies when they have such people in the party itself,” he said.

Meanwhile, PPP Secretary Information Chaudhry Manzoor Ahmed said the PML-N had introduced “dirty politics” in the country. He said the PML-N and the PTI leaders were abusing rivals rather than proving their achievements during the last five years. “The top leaders of these parties are exposing their own character by hurling abuses at the political opponents,” he added.