Pak to hold general election by May 16
will hold general election Pakistan
by May 16 after the national and provincial assemblies are
dissolved on completing their five-year term, a senior
minister announced today.
"The present assemblies will be dissolved on March 16 and
the election will be held within two months," Information
Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said.
Briefing journalists after a meeting here yesterday with
cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who has been demanding electoral
reforms, Kaira said the period for scrutinising electoral
candidates would be 14 days instead of 30 and Qadri had no
objection to this.
"According to our agreement with Qadri, we will also
consult him on the nomination of the caretaker prime
minister," he said.
Party and its coalition Pakistan
partners had inked an agreement with Qadri on January 17 to
end a sit-in near the parliament in
by the cleric Islamabad
and thousands of his followers.
Qadri led a four-day protest to press the government to
act on his demands related to electoral reforms and
dissolution of the Election Commission.
The Supreme Court last week rejected Qadri�s petition for
dissolving the Election Commission and raised questions about
his status as a Canadian national.