Amid significant political developments, Pakistani Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif announced on 9 August, three days before the end of his term, that he had decided to recommend the dissolution of the National Assembly. The move sets the stage for general elections in the cash-strapped country.
At a dinner at the prime minister’s residence on 3 August, Mr. Sharif informed his ruling allies that the National Assembly, or House of Representatives, would be dissolved as soon as the president signs the forthcoming notice. This comes amid rising expectations from politicians and the public about the fate of the National Assembly.
As chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) political party, Mr. Sharif has repeatedly asserted that his government will dissolve the National Assembly and that the Election Commission will conduct the upcoming general elections in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. will monitor.
Addressing the dinner attendees, Mr. Sharif highlighted some of the government’s achievements, including the recovery rate of the power sector, which remained above 90%. However, it is noteworthy that in the last 11 months, the revolving credit increased by 18% to reach Rs 393 billion, indicating a continuing challenge for the country’s energy sector.
On the positive side too, sir. Sharif pointed to the tremendous growth of the IT industry in the last four months, with IT exports reaching an impressive $2.6 billion in the last financial year.
Discussing bottlenecks in public projects such as the Haveli Bahadur Shah power plant, Mr Sharif accused the previous government of wasting billions of rupees from the national exchequer.
When the National Assembly is dissolved on 9 August, as Prime Minister Sharif said, general elections in November will be held under the supervision of an interim government and as stipulated in the constitution. The name and other key features of Caretaker Prime are expected to be announced over the weekend.
Pakistan’s political scene is likely to witness vigorous activity and intense campaigning ahead of the elections as various parties and leaders compete for opportunities and power to address the country’s grave economic challenges and development goals.
Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif’s coalition government has faced several setbacks since coming to power, but the upcoming elections provide an opportunity for the Pakistani people to express their opinion and shape the future direction of the country.