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Pakistan PM says no change in schedule for Jan. 8 elections

Pakistan PM says no change in schedule for Jan. 8 elections

Pakistan's prime minister said Friday the government has no immediate plan to postpone Jan. 8 parliamentary elections after the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
Mohammedmian Soomro, head of the interim goverment that is meant to oversee the vote, said that if there was any decision on delaying the election it would be done in consultation with all political parties.
"Right now the elections stand where they were," he told a news conference. "We will consult all the political parties to take any decision about it. I'm ready to meet them right now."
Nawaz Sharif, another opposition leader, has already announced his party will boycott the elections following Bhutto's death in a suicide attack on Thursday.
Several other smaller opposition groups had already planned not to contest the vote, saying it would only validate the regime of President Pervez Musharraf, despite his claims that it will bring democracy to Pakistan. Bhutto's own party has yet to announce whether it will still take part.


Updated : 2021-03-08 07:00 GMT+08:00