Pakistan politician Imran Khan calls on president to resign


LAHORE: Pakistani politician, Chairman PTI Imran Khan called Tuesday on President Asif Ali Zardari to resign immediately to make way for free and fair elections.

“President Asif Ali Zardari should resign effective immediately. He cannot hold free and fair elections because he is holding two offices,” Khan said in a news conference in the eastern city of Lahore.

Khan was referring to Zardari’s role as head of state and chairman of the main ruling Pakistan People’s Party.

His call came after the Supreme Court issued an order for the arrest of the prime minister over corruption allegations, and as more than 50,000 people took part in the largest political protest in Islamabad since Zardari’s government took office.

“The government should immediately announce new elections and should also announce a date for it,” Khan said. “Change is not possible without holding of free and fair elections.”

As things stand, the government has said it will disband parliament only in mid-March at the end of its mandate, after which elections would have to be held by mid-May.

Khan has not backed calls for judiciary and military intervention in the caretaker administration. He said it should be created “with mutual consensus and should consist of neutral people”.

Khan’s seven points demands can be read here: http://www.aaj.tv/2013/01/tsunami-march-if-these-seven-demands-are-not-metimran-khan/