Former prime minister and head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif waves to supporters after his party victory in general election in Lahore on May 11, 2013.—Photo by AFP

Former Pakistani Prime Minister and head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif (C) is flanked by his brother Shahbaz Sharif (R) as he addresses the supporters after his party victory in general election in Lahore on May 11, 2013. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Although the constitution provides a window of 21 days after the election date to summon the session of the new National Assembly, the PML-N which has emerged as the single largest party plans to get into action as soon as the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) officially announces the results.

Senator Mushahidullah Khan, information secretary of the PML-N, told Dawn that his party wanted to form the government soon in order to take up the manifold problems the country was facing.

He said the PML-N was hoping to secure a majority of 172 members in the house of 342 and it would definitely like early convening of the NA session so the new government could be formed without delay. Mr Khan said the National Assembly would have to adopt the federal budget by June 30 which also required early convening of its session.

Answering a question, he said after election results were officially announced, the caretaker government could be asked to immediately summon the National Assembly session.

Talking to Dawn, Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ahmar Bilal Sufi said: “We are just waiting for the finalisation of election results which will be done in a day or two and after that we will decide when the National Assembly session can be called under the constitutional procedures.”

He said there would not be any delay because the caretaker government was aware of the constitutional requirement.

The prime minister will move a summary to the president to summon the National Assembly session. According to Article 224 (1) of the constitution, the ECP is bound to announce election results not later than 14 days of the holding of election.

Article 91 (2) says: “The National Assembly shall meet on the twenty-first day following the day on which a general election to the assembly is held, unless sooner summoned by the president.”

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May 13, 2013 4:13 am
PML-N is in a hurry , very good please provide just the basic emineties, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND GAS, TO PAKISTAN , not just to Lahore and Raiwind.
May 13, 2013 4:24 am
simple reason.. he wants to get back to Musharraf as soon as possible.. election result is perfect nightmare for musharraf
Ravi From Pune.
May 13, 2013 4:47 am
Pakistan's Golden Days are now starting on. Until Pakistani Soldiers will not take any odd step like Kargil or 1965 activity. Good luck Pakistanis, India is always with the well Democracy country. Indians salute the Pakistani Awam that they choosed a appropriate minister for their PM.
May 13, 2013 4:52 am
Let's get on with it. In the mean while IK seems in no hurry to form provincial govt. in KPK where rivers of milk and honey are 'expected' to flow. Perhaps he will 'govern' from Lahore. He has the excuse of injury.
May 13, 2013 5:26 am
Mian Sahib, we want Bullet train ASAP. We will continue to remind you so you do not forget.
May 13, 2013 5:38 am
Only DISAPPOINTMENT was the outcome of elections 2013; ultimate rigging and manipulation was the strategy. a new prime minister is rejected by masses and is indeed a prime minster by force. for the first time in history of Pakistan people have come out and raised their vices against rigged results and you still think you've won. don't you the rejection on roads; stop putting up a false picture as social media is speaking out truth louder than the lies of print and electronic media
May 13, 2013 5:45 am
Not wasting any time to loot the nation
May 13, 2013 5:58 am
Mian Sahib, Mubarak Ho. Allah has for the third time given you the opportunity to do something good for Pakistan & the suffering Pakistanis, please be careful & take into consideration the changing mood of the peoples & show positive results ASAP. Unless quick & positive action is taken to address the core problem facing the country peoples will not feel comfortable.
May 13, 2013 6:08 am
im very eager to see good relationship between india and pakistan for the sake of innocent people...congratulate Nawaz Sharif...Bangalore..INDIA
A sincere Pakistani
May 13, 2013 6:12 am
Everyone must respect people's decision for leadership and avoid using sarcastic language about the elected leaders regardless of theilr party affliations.
May 13, 2013 6:37 am
he can not do with Musharraf any thing, if he has to run govt other wise.
May 13, 2013 7:55 am
what would be the charges for a seat. As expensive as air fare????? Then its not feasible , infact waste of money. Education should be the priority.
May 13, 2013 3:48 pm
shair hamara sahir hamira
M Aslam
May 13, 2013 8:00 pm
He has to finish corruption in KPK in 90 days. I challenge him if he can even finish smuggling at only one point at GT Road, my vote will be for him next time. It is very easy to show false hope to innocent people.
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