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Pakistan

National Assembly stands dissolved as President Alvi approves summary

  • PM Shehbaz to meet Opposition Leader Raja Riaz on Thursday to finalise the caretaker prime minister's name
Published August 9, 2023 Updated August 10, 2023

President Dr Arif Alvi, at the stroke of midnight, assented to the premature dissolution of the National Assembly shortly after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif forwarded the summary.

“The president dissolved the National Assembly on the advice of the prime minister under Article 58-1 of the Constitution,” read an official statement issued by the President’s Office Twitter late Wednesday.

The development comes soon after PM Shehbaz Sharif forwarded the summary for the dissolution of the NA to the president, paving the way for a premature end to his government’s tenure.

He had received the summary from the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

Earlier, PM Shehbaz had made it public that he would send the dissolution summary to President Alvi on Wednesday, August 9.

“After completion of our term, we will, Wednesday, write to the president of Pakistan that the assembly should be dissolved, and then a caretaker government will come,” he had said on Tuesday while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the tube-well solar energy transfer project.

PM Shehbaz is also expected to hold a meeting with the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Raja Riaz, tomorrow.

On Tuesday, Riaz said that he had not yet spoken with the premier about the names of the caretaker prime minister.

Govt decides to dissolve NA on 9th

“I hope to have a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) in which these things will be discussed,” he said, adding that the consultation would happen at “the right time”.

However, Riaz said he had completed the consultation process with his allies, adding that the three names for the interim prime minister were “almost 90 percent finalised”.

Regarding potential delays in elections, Riaz said elections should ideally be held within three months, but the latest census’s approval has complicated the matters.

He was of the view that the election might be delayed by six months.

According to Article 224 of the Constitution, “A general election to the National Assembly or a provincial assembly shall be held within a period of 60 days immediately following the day on which the term of the assembly is due to expire unless the Assembly has been sooner dissolved”.

In case of early dissolution, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is bound to hold the general elections within 90 days after the dissolution, according to Article 224(2).

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Hassan Aug 09, 2023 04:04pm
The Only Constitution we need is Quran. No entity will then be able to exploit the constitution for its own sake.
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KU Aug 09, 2023 08:38pm
The NA session was nothing short of a quack philosophy and perils of wisdom, and their resolve to repeat more of the same, which is why we should be genuinely afraid for the country and our tomorrow. If we wish to touch the truth and make sense of our lives, the NA session can be best described in the following words by Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”
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Sagar Baloch Aug 10, 2023 12:42am
The Drama Stage on behalf of democracy was outstanding.how challenging it was to pass numerous bills in a blink of an eye.various Bills went unread and unnoticed.Even Law makers didn't had any idea which bill was being passed.How power Distribution Companies are putting burden of defaulters to common people.How wheat or other basic stuffs went 4 to 5 times higher.how new types of special taxes are killing the economy.How slowly and steadily foreign companies are leaving.How a common man is living with 50% of his salary on electric bills.Lord will not forgive anyone of you.its a pity that human being doesn't learn from their mistakes.
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JAFAR Aug 10, 2023 08:00am
Why the Assembly was not dissolved at completion of its full term. No sense or justification for its dissolution just two days before. Some politicians always misused the law.
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