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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Criticizes Current National Assembly as “Worst in Pakistan’s History”

Former Prime Minister and senior leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has voiced his strong criticism of the present National Assembly, labeling it as the “worst in the history of Pakistan.” In a candid statement, Abbasi expressed remorse for his participation in the assembly and emphasized the people’s relief at its conclusion.

Speaking to the media outside the parliament house, Abbasi stated, “Today is a moment of joy, as the people of Pakistan have been salvaged from this assembly.” He candidly acknowledged his part in shaping what he referred to as “the worst assembly in the history of Pakistan” and sought forgiveness from the public for his role in its formation. He acknowledged the collective responsibility of all members in its establishment.

Abbasi underscored the significance of history in evaluating the decisions made during this period. He asserted, “History will decide what we achieved. The people have gained nothing but suffered tremendously. Only the MNAs got universities.”

Reflecting on the recent arrest of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, Abbasi expressed his desire for Khan not to face imprisonment. However, he maintained that if Khan is innocent, justice will ultimately prevail. Abbasi urged Khan to reflect on his actions that led to his detention.

Abbasi’s remarks coincided with the ongoing farewell session of the National Assembly. During his address, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced his intention to submit a summary to dissolve the National Assembly to President Arif Alvi later in the day. He clarified that if the President did not act on the summary within 48 hours, it would automatically be considered implemented, leading to the dissolution of the National Assembly.

Regarding the interim caretaker government, Prime Minister Shehbaz informed that consultations were underway with coalition parties to reach a consensus on a neutral interim Prime Minister who would be acceptable to the public. He assured that the decision would be reached collectively, and after finalizing the candidates, he would hold discussions with Opposition Leader Raja Riaz.

Prime Minister Shehbaz dismissed rumors of potential delays in the upcoming elections, asserting that all political parties unanimously support holding elections as early as possible. He emphasized the importance of maintaining a balanced and inclusive approach to civil-military relations and urged all national institutions to collaborate within the boundaries defined by the constitution.

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The confirmation of the decision to dissolve the National Assembly by the Prime Minister indicates the premature conclusion of the government’s term. This paves the way for the establishment of a caretaker government after consultations with the Opposition Leader. Subsequently, Prime Minister Shehbaz and Opposition Leader Raja Riaz will engage in final discussions to determine the caretaker Prime Minister.

In conclusion, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s candid assessment of the current National Assembly as the “worst in Pakistan’s history” sheds light on the challenges and complexities faced during its term. As the nation prepares for a transitional period with the dissolution of the assembly, the focus shifts towards ensuring a smooth electoral process and the selection of a caretaker government that enjoys the confidence of all stakeholders.

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