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Shah Mehmood Qureshi: PTI is not being taken into confidence on electoral reforms.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday that despite being an important stakeholder, his party is not being trusted on electoral reforms.

Speaking to the media at the District Court of Multan, he said that Section 9 of the Election Act, 2017 is very vague.

The News reported last week that the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms has accelerated work on amendments to the electoral laws after reviewing 73 reform proposals submitted to it.

The PTI VC criticized the main coalition party, saying: “[PMLN] is prone to instability.

“PTI chairman gets relief from courts despite filing cases against govt”.

Additionally, Qureshi commented on the Prime Minister’s announcement to dissolve the Assembly before its scheduled date.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced that his government would leave before the end of its term.

“Next month our government will complete its term. We will leave before the end of our term and a caretaker government will come in,” he said.

If the government does this, it can buy time before the elections because according to the constitution, if the assemblies are dissolved prematurely, the elections will be held 90 days later. If they are dissolved, the constitution mandates elections within 60 days.

Talking about this issue, Shah Mehmood Qureshi remarked that it seems that the government is leaning towards 90-day elections, but the date of the election will have to be given to the Election Commission.

The Dubai Huddle

Days after talks between the two major coalition parties, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), took place in Dubai, Qureshi also said there was no agreement on talks between the Gulf states. It didn’t happen. It was not known.

The PTI vice-chairman said the “decisions taken in Dubai” had been sealed by the “Lahore meeting” – a reference to the meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

Although the agenda of the meeting has never been made public, the leaders of the coalition government are believed to have discussed important issues including the current economic challenges and the upcoming general elections.

Then, Zardari met Prime Minister Shehbaz in Lahore over the weekend. In the meeting, the overall political situation of the country, the caretaker setup, and other issues were discussed.

“There has been a conversation between two seniors, and the rest don’t know anything about it,” Qureshi said, adding that only time would tell what would happen.

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