Nawaz Sharif on his party’s defeat in Punjab bypolls

New Delhi: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the “difficult decisions” taken by the government to secure the IMF deal led to the defeat of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the crucial Punjab assembly. There is an election, a media report said on Monday.

Deposed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf won 16 of the 20 seats in the Punjab Assembly bypolls on Sunday, in a major blow to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, whose son Hamza Shahbaz lost his post as chief minister. are ready for. ,

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The election for the chief minister will be held on July 22 on the orders of the Supreme Court and PTI-PML-Q joint candidate Chaudhry Parvez Elahi is likely to be the new chief minister of the politically important province of Punjab.

Ahead of Sunday’s elections, the ruling PML-N-led coalition needed at least 11 of the 20 seats in the assembly to secure an 186-member majority for Hamza to survive as chief minister.

PTI-PML-Q joint candidate Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, who needed 13 members to oust Hamza, is now in a convenient position to form the government.

The Punjab Legislative Assembly currently has 369 members: PTI has 178 MLAs and its ally PML-Q10. The PML-N has 167 members, while its alliance partner PPP has seven, six independents and one Rah-e-Haq party.

The three-time premier Nawaz, who has been living in London for ‘medical treatment’ since 2019, contacted his younger brother Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz and asked them to hold an emergency meeting of the party to discuss the future course. instructed to call. The Express Tribune newspaper has taken action regarding the results of the by-election.

According to party sources, the PML-N supremo said the party has suffered due to “difficult decisions”, including a steep hike in the prices of petroleum products and a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in electricity rates among others. Referring to safe. Cash-strapped country.

The IMF has imposed strict pre-conditions like hike in electricity tariff and levy on petroleum products to revive the stalled bailout programme.

On June 22, Pakistan inked an agreement with the IMF to restore the stalled USD 6 billion aid package and open doors for funding from other international sources.

The current government, which took power in April, is continuously increasing the prices of petrol.

The three-time former prime minister, who is embroiled in several corruption cases, has been in London since November 2019, when the Lahore High Court allowed him to travel abroad for four weeks for medical treatment.

He was also granted bail in the Al-Azizia Mills corruption case, in which he was serving a seven-year prison term in Lahore’s high-security Kot Lakhpat jail.

Nawaz’s passport expired in February this year and the previous Imran Khan-led government refused to renew his passport.

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