Islamabad: Amidst protests by cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri for the dissolution of Parliament, the Pakistan government on Wednesday said it is determined to complete its five-year term and to hold the polls by May 15.
"There are few days left for the completion of the term (of the government). All the parties and real stakeholders have agreed that (the national and provincial) assemblies will complete their term on March 16," Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said.
"On that day, the assemblies will be dissolved automatically. We have given in writing in the Supreme Court yesterday that, according to the Constitution, the election will be held in time (within two months)," he told a news conference outside the Parliament.
Mr Kaira, who was flanked by National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Kundi and Senate Chairman Nayyar Bukhari, said the next general election is expected to be held between May 5 and 15.
The Information Minister dismissed Tahir-ul-Qadri's call for the government to quit and to dissolve the national and provincial assemblies, saying the cleric was not in a position to make such demands as he could not even contest polls himself due to his Canadian citizenship.