Leaders of coalition parties in the government have unanimously decided that elections will be held simultaneously across the country after completion of constitutional term of the incumbent government.
The decision was taken at a high-level consultative meeting of heads of all parties in the coalition government held in Islamabad on Wednesday with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair.
Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and leaders of other parties attended the meeting.
The meeting discussed the overall situation of the country and especially the issues emanating from verdicts of Supreme Court’s controversial benches regarding the holding of elections in the country.
The meeting reposed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Maintaining that the authority to take all national decisions rests with the Prime Minister, the meeting reiterated the resolve to support all decisions by the Prime Minister.
The meeting clarified that the ruling parties have already started the process of political consultation within themselves regarding transparent, free and impartial elections in the country on a single day therefore Supreme Court’s mediatory role in this purely political matter is inappropriate.
The meeting noted that the process of dialogue, consultation and consensus lies within the exclusive domain of political parties and they have been doing it successfully for years. It unanimously decided to keep the matter within the same ambit and brooded over the future strategy for taking the ongoing consultation process to the next stage.
Discussing the Supreme Court’s verdict of 19th of this month, the meeting deplored that the apex court’s order that federal government should release money without the approval of the Parliament ignores the basic scheme of Constitution.
The meeting also expressed strong resentment over the Court’s observation that the Prime Minister has lost the