Pakistan will hold elections in February and lift the state of emergency imposed by President Pervez Musharraf very soon, say officials.
The announcement was made on Thursday by the head of Pakistan’s ruling Muslim League Party-Q (PML-Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain who was addressing a joint press conference along with parliamentary leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Farooq Sattar and Federal Minister of Communications Babar Ghauri .
“The election might be delayed for few weeks if necessary, we are making all out efforts to lift the emergency as soon as possible,” Shujaat said.
He called upon the allied parties to start preparations for the election. Joint committee of PML-Q and MQM has been formed to launch election campaigns, he added.
The News, a leading daily, also reported that the President General Pervez Musharraf has said that the general elections will be held before February 15, 2008.
Musharraf also announced to take off his uniform before taking oath as president for the second time.
The National Assembly was due to be dissolved on November 15, but the government was considering extending the term of Parliament by two or three weeks.