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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Wednesday that general elections in 2023 will be held on time and the government aims to complete the census and collect results ahead of it.
Speaking to a delegation of the Pakistan Council of Newspaper Editors, he said polls will be held in August or September 2023 and “holding elections on time will strengthen democracy.”
Staff level deal with IMF ‘within days’: PM
The Chief Minister said that all the doubts related to the census have been resolved and that teams will now move to complete it as soon as possible. The elections will be held in accordance with the results of the latest census, he said.
He was of the opinion that the assembly elections in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa would have consequences for Pakistan “but I have given the go-ahead for that and we are with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)”.
Talking about the economy, he said that the threat of default on Pakistan has ended.
IMF still agrees ‘a week, 10 days’ away: PM
“I admit that we had to accept the strict conditions of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which placed a burden on the common man,” he said. “The government launched an austerity campaign to help the nation and there has been progress on it. We will implement it in true spirit. “
On Tuesday, PM Shehbaz said that the staff-level agreement with the IMF would be reached in the coming days as the government had accepted even the “toughest” conditions imposed by the global financial institution.
He said that joint efforts are being made by his economic team and other national organizations to make the process a success.
He said at the time of assuming the government, he did not know that his predecessor Imran Khan had agreed on strict conditions with the IMF which he later broke to undermine Pakistan’s reputation.
Commenting on the police operation in Lahore’s Zaman Park to arrest Imran Khan, he said that one person defies all institutions and uses illness as an excuse to skip court hearings.