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President must announce election date or resign: Sheikh Rasheed

Sheikh Rasheed, the leader of the Awami Muslim League (AML) and a former interior minister, urged President Arif Alvi on Sunday to either declare the election date tomorrow (Monday) or resign from office.

Speaking to media representatives in Lahore, Sheikh Rasheed said, “According to the Constitution, the President can announce an election date.”

According to Sheikh Rasheed, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is still debating whether to run in the by-elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The former minister asserted that provincial and federal elections would take place simultaneously.

Sheikh Rasheed was cited as saying, “After Allah, only the Supreme Court can save Pakistan.” He claimed that Pakistan has “defaulted,” and Khawaja Asif, the defense minister, confirmed this.

He insisted that the only way to get the country out of its current issues is to call new elections.

President Arif Alvi summoned Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja to an urgent general election meeting on Friday. Under Section 57(1) of the Elections Act of 2017, an invitation was made to consult on elections.

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