'No possibility of holding Pak elections now'

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Islamabad, Nov 5: There is no possibility of holding the next general elections in Pakistan, due in January, in near future, according to some government officials.

"There are no chances of holding general elections for anywhere from six months to one year," the Daily Times quoted sources in the government, as saying.

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"There is no constitutional obligation on the government to hold the elections now, and that the Constitution in abeyance allowed the extension of the tenure of the assemblies for one year without any notification," the sources added.

The officials said that none of the emergency provisions of Article 232 of the Constitution would be applicable for this emergency since the November 3 Provisional Constitutional Order clearly states that the Constitution is held in abeyance.

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had informed the ruling coalition about the possibility of emergency, and had also taken them into confidence, the sources said.

Meanwhile, a high-level meeting held at Prime Minster Shaukat Aziz's residence on Sunday evening had decided to take stringent measures against all those who created problem for the administration.

"The meeting had decided to deal sternly with all elements creating problems for the government in the implementation of its agenda," the daily quoted sources, as saying.


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