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EditorialNew elections - after 11 months

New elections – after 11 months

After the military leader announced his retirement, the argument over the next election date should be over, as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif noted that the general elections are still 11 months away under the law and the constitution. Simple calculations indicate that elections will be held in September of next year, implying that the existing administration will complete its constitutional term. The decision on a new election date is at the discretion of the administration, so this debate should be concluded immediately. This also implies that the government should be given the chance to work on the economy’s recovery and the betterment of other areas. On the other hand, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and other opposition parties refuse to abandon their demand for a quick election. Their continual protests divert attention away from the government’s performance. Pakistan is surrounded by expanding economic challenges, and the country’s and people’s problems are escalating as a result of political instability. According to the remarks and speeches of political leaders, it appears that they do not care for the country or the nation, so they say anything to please and satisfy their political friends.

Because the political leadership does not believe it is accountable to the public for anything, all of its efforts are directed toward benefiting those elements with the ability to hold every political party and leader accountable.

If the assemblies finish their terms, it would be a huge accomplishment for our democratic system to finish the terms of three assemblies in a row. In the time before the elections, all political parties, including the PTI, should focus on developing a feasible electoral programme and development goals for all aspects of life. Things are expected to improve now that Pakistan has been removed from the FATF’s grey list. Because the name is off the grey list, the challenges encountered by businesspeople in commerce, internal and external investment, and other areas should be resolved, and the country should be free of these issues. The prime minister correctly stated that the country requires political stability at this time, so no one can be permitted to infiltrate the federation and cause turmoil. He explained the constitutional position, saying that the selection of the army chief is a standard procedure that would be settled in accordance with the constitution and the law. The Prime Minister’s warning on the Tehreek-e-long Insaf’s march agenda is a clear expression of the government’s responsibility, that if the law is breached, the law will take its course to defend the federation, the symbol of national unity. All stakeholders should stick to the spirit of the law and constitution. That is the only way to move forward.

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