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PDM summons emergency meeting to discuss political strategy

KARACHI: The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) summoned an emergency meeting on Friday as top leadership deliberations went into the night. Nonetheless, the ruling coalition has said unequivocally that the National Assembly will not be dissolved and that the government would work hard to finish its term.

The ruling coalition reached an accord when Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi recommended Governor Balighur Rehman on Thursday night to dissolve the provincial parliament, fulfilling a pledge made to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and clearing the way for new elections.

PML-N President and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, PPP Co-Chairman and former President Asif Ali Zardari, and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman were among the figures present. Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, has also been contacted.

An emergency conference of the ruling coalition leaders has been scheduled to determine the PDM’s political strategy soon. The leadership will also decide how the parties would participate in the elections if the provincial assemblies in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are dissolved, triggering early polls.

According to sources, the PDM leaders will also determine whether to seek legal action in the situation. While legal experts are being sought, Asif Ali Zardari has advocated for a “political solution” to the situation.

In addition, the leaders have stated their resolve to erase all misgivings made by the MQM-P.

It has also been established that the Sindh and Balochistan provincial assemblies would not be dissolved at this time. Following the completion of the discussions, important decisions are expected.

Nonetheless, the PDM is adamant that general elections will be held on time, according to the sources.

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