National Assembly (NA) Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday said continuity of democratic system was pivotal for strengthening institutions in the country, but expressed fear that he "does not see the [incumbent] assembly completing its tenure", DawnNews reported.

While talking to a private news channel, Sadiq said, “What’s happening now has never been witnessed before,” adding that everyone should give preference to national interests instead of focusing on personal benefits.

The NA speaker, however, dismissed any possibility of a martial law being imposed on the country, saying the current situation was "worse than the Musharraf regime but there is no chance of martial law".

He said all political parties except one wanted the government to complete its five-year constitutional term for the continuity of the democratic system.

"PPP is a mature political party and it has always wanted that the system should not be derailed," the NA speaker said, adding that the present government should be allowed to complete its constitutional term.

Sadiq said Pakistan was facing both internal as well as external challenges and there was a need to display unity to confront them.

He said people of the country were the real judge and they will review the performance of the PML-N government in the next general elections.

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