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Coalition govt decides to complete its term setting aside PTI’s demand of holding snap polls

The allied parties’ heads held a meeting on Sunday night to discuss the unstable political situation in the country after the announcement of a long march towards Islamabad by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

ISLAMABAD: The coalition partners in the government have decided that the government will go ahead with the completion of its term instead of holding early elections.

The government has also decided to take tough decisions in a bid to steer the country out of an economic crisis. As Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has left for Doha, Qatar, for talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today, the tough measures will be taken in a couple of days though Miftah has claimed the government would not reverse petrol, electricity subsidy.

The decision comes after a meeting of the heads of the ruling alliance for consultations amid pressure from the PTI to announce early elections.

The allied parties’ heads met last night to discuss the unstable political situation in the country after the announcement of a long march towards Islamabad by PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

The government is reportedly considering accommodating PTI for the long march if the party intends to hold a rally and go back. However, if PTI plans to stage a sit-in and try to paralyse the system, the government will turn towards legal options to stop it, the sources said.

On Sunday, Imran Khan announced an Azadi March to Islamabad on May 25 to seek an election date and dissolution of the National Assembly. He asked the military to adhere to its promise of “neutrality”.

The government is in a fix as Pakistan’s economic situation gets worse due to rising fears that the country might go bankrupt if the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout programme is not revived.

The Fund has demanded the government remove subsidies on petroleum products which is likely to increase inflation and the ruling parties are having parleys on the matter because it has a high political cost.

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