Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif announces government to hand over power to a caretaker setup

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced that his government would hand over the power to a caretaker setup before the completion of its tenure next month. He indicated the National Assembly is going to be dissolved days before the completion of its tenure to pace the general election in November. Speaking at a ceremony in Sialkot yesterday, the Prime Minister said next month our government will complete its tenure, but we will leave before the completion of our tenure and an interim government will come in.

The five-year constitutional term of the incumbent National Assembly will end on August 12 at midnight. As per law, general elections take place within 60 days if the elected house completes its constitutional tenure of five years. In case of early dissolution, elections are held within 90 days of the dissolution.

 Earlier in the day, Mr Shehbaz told another programme in Lahore that whatever the verdict of people in the next polls, the PML-N would accept the public mandate. He, however, urged the people to decide after comparing the performance of PML-N with that of the four-year “saga of destruction.

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