- National Assembly dissolution underway as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif takes action.
- Significant step amid political and economic challenges.
- Technocrat-led interim government expected; ruling alliance faces political shifts.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is poised to commence the dissolution process of the National Assembly, officially submitting his recommendation to President Arif Alvi today. The move marks a significant step in response to the political and economic challenges gripping the country. Subsequently, a technocrat-led interim government is expected to assume control.
The political landscape witnesses the final days of the ruling PDM alliance, prompting the decision to dissolve the lower house of the parliament ahead of schedule. This maneuver seeks to extend the election timeline. Although the early dissolution would allow a 90-day window for elections, Interior Minister signals a potential delay until March 2024.
According to Article 58 of the Constitution, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s advice necessitates President Alvi’s approval. Failure to obtain approval triggers automatic dissolution of the assembly within 48 hours. The article states that “The president shall dissolve the National Assembly if so advised by the prime minister; and the National Assembly shall, unless sooner dissolved, stand dissolved at the expiration of forty-eight hours after the prime minister has so advised.”
Regarding the appointment of the caretaker Prime Minister. The government clarifies that no final decision has been made, emphasizing a collaborative approach through consultation.