Liaquat Ali

Islamabad: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has refused to budge from its stance that next general elections should be held within the stipulated time given under Article 224 of the Constitution (time of election and by-election).

PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has constituted a seven-member team to meet officials of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) today (August 29).

The delegation will meet ECP officials tomorrow and demand to hold next general elections within the stipulated time given under Article 224 of the Constitution – 90 days.

The seven-member delegation comprises of Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Naveed Qamar, Faisal Karim Kundi, Taj Haider, Murad Ali Shah, Sherry Rehman and Farooq Naek.

Last week, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Central Executive Committee (CEC) decided to advocate the organisation of the general elections in 90 days after the dissolution of the Natioanl Assembly.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari chaired the session of the PPP CEC to make key decisions including general elections and consultations with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).

While addressing a press conference, Sherry Rehman said that the PPP CEC held discussions on various topics including general elections, delimitations, inflation and inflated utility bills.

“Another crisis will hit the nation if elections are not conducted in 90 days in accordance with the Constitution. PPP has adopted a stance of elections in 90 days.”

“ECP has invited the PPP for consultations and we have not changed our stance. We were told that elections would not be delayed after notifying the census.”