Islamabad, March 17 (IANS) Pakistan's lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, was dissolved at midnight Saturday on completion of its five-year constitutional term, an official announcement said.
The ministry of parliamentary affairs issued a notification about the dissolution of the 342-member National Assembly, Xinhua reported.
A separate notification for the dissolution of the cabinet will also be issued.
It is for the first time in Pakistan's 66-year history that the National Assembly completed its five-year tenure.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and the chief ministers of four provinces agreed Saturday to hold elections of the national and provincial assemblies on the same day.