ISLAMABAD: The farewell session of the National Assuming has started in Islamabad after which it will be dissolved.
Addressing the farewell session, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked all parliamentarians for posing trust in him.
Prime Sharif announced that he would write to President Dr Arif Alvi tonight to dissolve the National Assembly, three days before the end of its constitutional term.
Lashing out at the previous PTI-led government, the premier said that they had to bear the burden of the past regime’s negligence and failures during their 16-month rule.
Despite the unfavourable situation, his government faced the worst floods and economic challenges, PM Shehbaz said that the past government had damaged Pakistan’s reputation by violating the agreement signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
He added that if a leader of a party — a reference to PTI Chairman Imran Khan — had been put behind bars, “we are not happy about it”.
“And if some has distributed sweets [to celebrate the punishment], it is not right. It is not a good tradition.”
At the same time, he also condemned the May 9 episode when protests had erupted across the country following Imran’s arrest from the Islamabad High Court premises in a graft case.
Mr Shehbaz said he would meet Leader of the Opposition in NA Raja Riaz tomorrow (Thursday) to deliberate over the names of the caretaker premier