Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced on Wednesday that the coalition government’s tenure will conclude on August 14, dismissing election rumors.
In Islamabad, he announced the Pakistan Education Endowment Fund and National Curriculum changes.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister stated that once the current government’s term ends, elections will be held in October or November, as decided by Pakistan’s Election Commission.
He hoped that whichever government came to power after the elections would prioritise education.
PM Shehbaz also expressed sorrow that surrounding nations had made more progress than Pakistan and that Islamabad was no longer in the race to compete with them.
The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to China for extending $5 billion in loans to Pakistan in the last three months “when we were in need.”
This year, the Pakistan Education Endowment Fund will benefit around 12,000 bright and deserving students, with a 50% quota set aside for women.
Merit scholarships totaling Rs10 billion will be awarded over the following four years through this fund.
Speculation about the staging of elections
According to earlier this week’s reports, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with former President Asif Zardari in a Dubai hotel to discuss the schedule of the country’s next general elections and “their share” in the future set-up.
According to sources, no agreement was made between PPP and PML-N leaders on the election alliance for the 2023 general elections, and the caretaker government will be established with the cooperation of other affiliated parties.
Meanwhile, the PML-N has instructed its leaders and candidates to begin mass contact campaigns in their various localities as part of the country’s preparations for general elections.