‘Shehbaz-led govt to complete tenure, decides against snap polls’

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif-led coalition government has decided against holding early general elections with allied parties have also assured the premier of their full support in taking tough measures to stabilise the economy.

A meeting of the coalition partners presided over by PM Shehbaz was held in Islamabad on Tuesday following the Supreme Court’s verdict on dissident lawmakers, Express News reported quoting sources.

Head of the allied parties including JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and MQM-P convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui attended the huddle.

The meeting deliberated on the apex court decision which has declared the vote of dissenting lawmakers as invalid as it interpreted the Article-63A of the Constitution related to the disqualification of the MNAs over floor-crossing, they added.

The allies, the insiders said, have pledged to support PM Shehbaz’s decisions to steer the country out of the crises and decided that the current set-up will complete its tenure till August 2023.

It was also decided in the meeting that legal opinion on the decision of the top court would be sought and the likely constitutional and political crisis in Punjab will be dealt with.

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The unity government also decided to kick off the process of electoral reforms.

The development came as it was learnt that powerful circles were urging the coalition government to hold general elections in the month of October. On the other hand, the Pakistan Peoples Party is insisting the PML-N leadership not to announce early the elections.

The PML-N leadership met in Landon last week to discuss the prevailing political and economic situation.

It is learnt that the PML-N leadership wants that all stakeholders should take the responsibility for tough decisions to stabilise the economy.

PM meets Attorney General

Separately, PM Shehbaz had a meeting with the law minister and the attorney general in which consultations were held in light of the decision of the Supreme Court and it was agreed to use possible constitutional and legal options.

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