PML N’s Federal Govt To Complete Five Year Term Tonight

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Islamabad (May 31, 2018): The federal government is going to complete its five-year term midnight tonight, on the whole, was mixed with ups and downs.

The National Assembly and Punjab and Balochistan assemblies will dissolve midnight tonight after completing their five-year term. The assemblies of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa completed their term on Monday and stood dissolved.

The general elections in the country will be held on 25th of July this year.

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This is consecutive second political government since 2008, which has completed its term.

Outgoing Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will hold farewell meetings with his staff and officers. He will also be presented a guard of honour by armed forces contingents upon departure from the chief executive’s office.

Abbasi has also presided a farewell meeting of the federal cabinet. The farewell gathering will also be held in President house tonight. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has already started packing his belongings from Prime Minister’s house.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs issued a notification with regard to dissolution of the incumbent National Assembly.

“In pursuance of Article 52 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the National Assembly shall stand dissolved on the expiration of its term of five years on the 31st day of May, 2018,” the notification said.

The provincial assemblies of Balochistan and Punjab are also set to complete their five-year term 12am tonight.

Earlier, PM Abbasi stressed that Pakistan’s issues can only be resolved by a democratically-elected government.

Addressing the last National Assembly session, the outgoing prime minister said, “Pakistan’s issues can only be resolved by a government which comes through the will of the people.”

Stating that many undemocratic governments assumed power in the country but none of them “delivered”, he asserted, “The need of democracy and Pakistan today is free and fair elections.”

PM Abbasi reiterated, “We will not tolerate even a day’s delay in the upcoming elections.”

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He also mentioned that “a big part in ensuring transparent elections is the freedom of media.”

The outgoing premier also appreciated the opposition’s role as the PML-N-led government was about to become the second democratically-elected government to complete its tenure in the history of Pakistan.

“The assembly would not have completed its term today, had it not been for the leader of the opposition,” the premier said.

Farewell session of National Assembly
The farewell session of the14th National Assembly was held today before its five-year constitutional term ends at midnight.

During the session, legislators highlighted their five year’s performances in their speeches.

A total of 56 sessions of the National Assembly have been held since June 1, 2013 to date. In addition, 12 joint sessions of the Parliament were also held during this time.

The incumbent National Assembly passed six federal budgets. The House also passed a total of 189 bills during the last five years besides passing 136 Act of Parliament.Some of the important bills passed during the tenure included The Constitution (Thirty-first Amendment) Act, 2018 formally known as the FATA merger bill; the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (Amendment) Act, 2018; The Evening Courts Act, 2018; the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Act, 2018; The Transgender Persons (Protection and Rights) Act, 2018; the Supreme Court and High Court (Extension of Jurisdiction to Federally Administered Tribal Areas) Bill, 2018; the Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2017; the Elections (Amendment) Act, 2017; the Right of Access to Information Act, 2017; and the Elections Act, 2017.

Among other important bills passed were Companies Act, 2017; the Alternative Dispute Resolution Act, 2017; the Representation of the People Act, 2017; the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Act, 2017; the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act, 2017; the Pakistan Commissions of Inquiry Bill, 2017; the Constitution (Twenty-Eight Amendment) Act, 2017; the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 2017; the Hindu Marriage Act, 2016; the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016; the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Act, 2016; the Constitution (Twenty-second Amendment) Act, 2016; the Constitution (Twenty-first Amendment) Act, 2015; and the Protection of Pakistan Act, 2014.

Experts View About PML N’s Five Year Term

According to experts, although, government could not control the price of Dollar but the ruling party PML-N’s work to overcome the crises in the field of economy and energy was worthwhile, while on the other hand, ruling party had faced many challenges especially in the field of foreign policy.

However, the merger of tribal districts (then FATA) after the emancipation of Pakistan from British rule into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the greatest achievement of the ruling party.

In the parliament house, nevertheless, completion of quorum was another major problem even former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had remained absent from parliament during his four year tenure.In energy sector, the PML-N government has successfully overcome the challenge of power shortage by adding 11461 megawatt of electricity to the national grid.

In economic sector, GDP growth rate increased to 5.79 percent from 3.68 percent in 2013.

However, the PML-N is claiming of winning the upcoming general election on the basis of performance.

Earlier on Monday, Justice (retired) Nasirul Mulk was nominated as caretaker Prime Minister, who will take oath of his office on Friday (Tomorrow).

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The preparations have been completed as higher government officials have been forwarded invitations to participate in the ceremony.

It is worth mentioning here that Nasir ul Mulk’s name was announced at a joint presser by PM Abbasi and Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah on May 28. Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq was also present along with some ministers.

Justice Nasirul Mulk was born on August 17, 1950 in Mingora, Swat. He completed his degree of Bar-at-Law from Inner Temple London and was called to the Bar in 1977.

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The now-retired Mulk practised as an Advocate in all fields of Law for more than 17 years until his elevation as a judge of the Peshawar High Court. He remained PHC chief justice for some time before his elevation as a judge of the Supreme Court.

He is remembered for the way he conducted a contempt case against then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.He convicted the then chief executive for 30 seconds while maintaining the dignity and honour of the court, and left the disqualification issue open to the Election Commission of Pakistan and the then speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Fehmida Mirza.

Justice Mulk is one of the seven judges who signed a restraining order on Nov 3, 2007, when retired Gen Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency and forcibly sent the judges home.

He has served as a judge in Peshawar High Court, Chief Justice of Pakistan and Chief Election Commissioner too.

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