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Free, Fair Elections Need of Democracy Today: PM Abbasi

Islamabad (May 31, 2018): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while addressing in the last Session of the National Assembly on Thursday hailed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led government for improving Pakistan’s economic and security situation during its tenure.

Delay in elections is not acceptable as already attempts have been made to ‘put a full stop’ to the democratic process in the last five years, PM made it clear.

PM Abbasi said that the assembly would not have completed its term today, had it not been for the leader of the opposition.

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“The need of democracy today is free and fair elections,” he asserted.

“Pakistan’s issues can only be resolved through a government which comes through the will of the people,” he stressed.

“A big part in ensuring transparent elections is the freedom of media,” the premier further said.PM Abbasi said that they have inaugurated electricity projects which will cater to the power needs for the next 15 years. He said that Pakistan’s next biggest challenge is water scarcity for which there is a dire need to build dams.

National Assembly to dissolve midnight today after completion of its five years constitutional term, paving way for the establishment of a caretaker setup before the general elections scheduled on July 25 this year.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah have already named former chief justice Nasirul Mulk as Interim PM.

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This is the first time in Pakistan’s history a second consecutive democratic government is completing its constitutional term.

A total of 56 sessions of the National Assembly had been held since June 1, 2013, to May 31, 2018. In addition to this, 12 joint sessions of the parliament were also held during this tenure.

Various heads of the states including Turkey, Indonesia and China addressed the joint session of the parliament. President Mamnoon Hussain also addressed the joint session of the parliament five times.The incumbent National Assembly has also the distinction to pass six federal budgets.

The House also passed a total of 189 bills during the last five years tenure besides passing 136 Act of Parliament.

As many as 11 bills were passed during the first parliamentary year 2013-14, eight bills in the 2nd parliamentary year 2014-15, 50 bills in 2015-16, 57 bills in 2016-17 and 63 bills in 2017-18.Some of the important bills passed during the last five years included The Constitution (Thirty-first Amendment) Act, 2018 formally known as 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 were passed by the house.The  Constitution (Amendment) Act, 2017, the Elections (Amendment) Act, 2017, the Right of Access to Information Act, 2017, the Elections Act, 2017,  the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Amendment) Act, 2017, the Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act, 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, and other bills were also passed during the sessions.

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