Govt to complete term, interim set-up in June, election in August; says Abbasi

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LONDON: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the assemblies would be dissolved after completing their tenures in June, and that the election would take place in August 2018 as scheduled.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Talking to waiting journalists at the door-step of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s residence in central London on Thursday, he said Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq’s statement is his personal views, he has some reservations and I shall talk to him detail on return to Islamabad.
“Government will complete its term, interim government would be formed in June and elections to be held in August according to programme and everyone should understand it clearly”, he emphasised. Khawaja Asif Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, when asked to respond to Sadiq’s remarks, said: “I don’t think he has said such a thing […] He has expressed his concern for the current situation but has also expressed hope assemblies complete their tenure.”
Speaking to journalists in London, Asif said that the crisis was not severe enough to bring the General Election forward to January 2018 or prevent the assemblies from completing their tenures.
“From our perspective, the situation is all right. As far as the opposition is concerned, they do oppose [the government] and it is their right. Other than that, there’s no such thing and the assemblies will complete their tenure,” the foreign minister assured.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi after concluding OIC extraordinary summit in Istanbul on Wednesday reached London Wednesday night to meet former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accompanied by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif will hold important meetings with former PM Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in London.
Shabaz Sharif’s presence with Khaqan Abbasi in Istanbul and then in London is hinting towards something unusual and is the topic of the day for the discussion in media and elsewhere. “Situation in Pakistan is changing rapidly due to uncertain political circumstances and these leaders will discuss the forthcoming situation and will seek advice from their leader Nawaz Sharif”, informed sources said. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharifis in London to look after his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz, who is suffering from cancer and has been visiting hospitals for regular checkups.
Former Prime Minister’s daughter Maryam Nawaz is also in London along with her family and looking after her ailing mother. Both Nawaz Sharif and his daughter have left for London on December 5 via Doha in a private airline.