Undeterred coalition resolves vows to not rush into election

Undeterred coalition resolves vows to not rush into election

Demand for early general elections after winning decisively in the crucial Punjab by-elections

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Monday insisted the National Assembly will finish its term until next year, and general elections are held after the government conducts electoral reviews in response to the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-(PTI) Insaf’s renewed demand for early general elections after winning decisively in the crucial Punjab by-elections on Sunday. 

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has nonetheless invited the leadership of all coalition parties to Lahore on Tuesday (today) to discuss the possibility of new elections after his party’s humiliating loss to the PTI in the by-elections. 

A meeting of PML-N stalwarts in Model Town, Lahore, presided over by PM Shehbaz

However, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah did imply that the party would continue to its stance of going to the polls when the current assembly’s term ends in August 2023 during a meeting of PML-N stalwarts in Model Town, Lahore, presided over by PM Shehbaz. 

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The next elections should take place

All associated parties will be consulted before a decision to convene early elections is made. The PML-stance N’s hasn’t changed, though; the minister stated during a press conference on Monday that the next elections should take place once the current administration’s term is finished. 

Imran Khan dissolves the Punjab and KP assemblies

Mr. Sanaullah and fellow federal minister Mian Javed Latif have stated that if PTI leader Imran Khan dissolves the Punjab and KP assemblies, his parties could contemplate new elections. In response to Imran’s assault on the election commission members, Sanaullah also expressed the government’s support for them. 

Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the PML-N, will attend the meeting remotely from London

Additionally, on the invitation of the prime minister, information minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said that a meeting of the Pakistan Democratic Movement and affiliated parties would take place on Tuesday (today) at Mr. Sharif’s Lahore home. She added in a statement that “the leadership of these parties will think through significant and national concerns.” Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the PML-N, will attend the meeting remotely from London. 

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