ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government completes its constitutional five-year term for the first time in the history of Pakistan at midnight on Thursday.
Parliament has been dissolved after completing its term, and a caretaker administration will manage the government until general elections which must take place possible on July 25.
“In pursuance of Article 52 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the National Assembly shall stand dissolved on the expiration of its term of five years on the 31st day of May, 2018,” the notification said.
Punjab and Balochistan assemblies has also been dissolved after completing their five-year term. The assemblies of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa completed their term on Monday and stood dissolved.
Justice (retired) Nasirul Mulk has been nominated as caretaker Prime Minister with consensus between Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah. He will take oath of his office on Friday.
PML-N governed the Federal and the Punjab government in its five-year tenure, during which it managed to accomplish a number of noteworthy goals; however, the ruling government is not exiting without dealing with its fair share of controversies.
During the five years NA has passed a total of 189 bills, besides passing 136 Acts of Parliament. Furthermore, as many as 11 bills were passed during the first parliamentary year 2013-14, eight bills in the 2nd parliamentary year 2014-15, 50 bills in 2015-16, 57 bills in 2016-17 and 63 bills in 2017-18.
The general elections across the country will be held on July 25, for which the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued a schedule and a code of conduct on Thursday.
Earlier today, PM Abbasi in his farewell address at the National Assembly thanked the speaker Ayaz Sadiq for running the house impartially.
“I offer my thanks to you for running the house in a best possible way”, PM said while addressing the speaker in NA today.
Furthermore, PM Abbasi praised the efforts put by opposition leader in the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah for advocating Democracy and supremacy of parliament.
“I admire the role played by Khursheed Shah as the opposition leader,” remarked PM Abbasi
Admiring Parliament performances in last 5 years, the premier stated that at critical times the house showed solidarity while passing historic legislation which included the merger of FATA with KP province, combating terrorism.
Pakistan’s issues can only be resolved through a government which comes through the will of the people,” premier stressed while stating that many undemocratic governments assumed power in the country but none of them ‘delivered’.
The premier reiterated, “We will not tolerate even a day’s delay in the upcoming elections.”
“A big part in ensuring transparent elections is the freedom of media,” the premier further said.
Highlighting the achievements of his government, PM Abbasi said, “Despite internal and external challenges, economic growth was recorded in the last five years.”
Stating that Karachi used to be the fifth most dangerous city in the world and is no more ranked in the top 50 most dangerous cities, the premier said, “Thanks to all parties law and order was established in Karachi.”