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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Wednesday that general elections in 2023 will take place on time and the government is aiming to complete the census and compile results before it.

Speaking to a delegation of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), he stated that polls will take place in August or September 2023 and “holding elections on time will strengthen democracy.”

Staff-level deal with IMF ‘within a few days’: PM

The PM said all reservations related to the census have been resolved and teams will now move to complete it as soon as possible. The elections will be conducted as per the results of the latest census, he said.

He was of the view that upcoming assembly elections in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa will have consequences for Pakistan “but I have given go-ahead for it and we are with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)”.

Talking about the economy, he stated that the threat of default on Pakistan had ended.

IMF accord still ‘week, 10 days’ away: PM

“I admit that we had to accept harsh conditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which imposed a burden on the common man,” he said. “The government launched an austerity drive to aid the nation and there has been progress on it. We will implement it in true spirit.”

On Tuesday, PM Shehbaz said the staff-level agreement with IMF would be reached in the next few days as the government had accepted even the “toughest” conditions laid down by the global financial institution.

He said joint efforts were being made by both his economic team and other national institutions to make the process a success.

He said at the time of assuming government, he did not know that his predecessor Imran Khan had agreed on harsh conditions with the IMF which he later violated to undermine Pakistan’s reputation.

Commenting on the police operation at Zaman Park in Lahore to arrest Imran Khan, he said that one person was defying all institutions and using illness as an excuse to skip court hearings.

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John Mar 15, 2023 04:41pm
More time for the Crooks to loot and plunder what ever is left of a disasterous economy!
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Shiteistan Mar 15, 2023 05:03pm
Idiots galore. Pakistan deserves better.
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Hussain Mar 15, 2023 05:47pm
You lota. What about your brother who is using illness to excuse his jail time
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Love Your Country Mar 15, 2023 06:39pm
IK has been on this destructive path prior to his selection in the so called general elections of 2018. Like ZAB he has no patience to be opposition leader in the NA. He is a threat to democractic process
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zh Mar 15, 2023 08:12pm
How can the buddhu guarantee improving security and fiscal situation by September? The government's excuses for not holding Punjab and KP elections will still give the government pretext to get rid of the election altogether. People will have to bear this bumbling mafia for years.
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Azaree Mar 15, 2023 10:42pm
@Love Your Country, Looks like a sponsored comment...the market rate for such services is Rs 30K!
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