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Shehbaz spells it out there will be no snap polls

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that the next general elections in the country “will be held on time,” that is after August 2023.

“Let me make it absolutely clear that the next elections will be held on time,” PM Shehbaz told Anadolu Agency in an interview. He was responding to questions about his predecessor and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s demand for early elections. “This government came into being through a constitutional process and enjoys the mandate of the people of Pakistan,” he added.

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“The term of the current National Assembly will end in August 2023 to be followed by the establishment of an interim government that will hold elections,” the prime minister explained. The present coalition government has “representation of all political parties of the country except the PTI and is busy dealing with the issues of great importance.”

Notably, PTI chief Imran said on Saturday his party has decided to resign from all provincial assemblies, a move seen as a fresh bid to push the government for early elections in the country.

Shehbaz said Pakistan’s economy “was facing multiple global and domestic challenges” and was “on the verge of financial collapse” when he assumed charge. “Pakistan’s economy was facing excessive monetary tightening, supply-side shocks, lingering pandemic effects, waning investors’ confidence, high inflation, and the effects of the Russia-Ukraine conflict,” he said. However, Shehbaz said his administration had adopted a “mix of policies to tackle the economic downturn by accepting the fact that we have a very short time to step back from the edge of bankruptcy and financial collapse.”

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Delay in NA polls: Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Sunday hinted at a six-month delay in the National Assembly elections in a bid to provide relief to the masses.


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