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Pakistan Gears Up for Presidential Election

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In a significant political development, the National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq has called for a joint session of the Parliament on March 9 to elect the next president of Pakistan. The session is scheduled to commence at 10 am on Saturday, marking a crucial moment in Pakistan’s political landscape

.The upcoming presidential election is poised to witness a compelling face-off between former President Asif Ali Zardari and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai. Both candidates have been actively securing allies and garnering support ahead of the contest, with their nomination papers filed in the Islamabad High Court on Saturday.

As the political arena gears up for this showdown, alliances are being forged, and strategic moves are being made to sway the outcome in favor of each candidate. Achakzai, bolstered by a recent alliance with the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), has been actively seeking support from key figures like JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, although Fazlur Rehman later opted not to participate in the voting process.

Meanwhile, the incumbent President Dr. Arif Alvi finds himself in an extended tenure following the completion of his five-year term on September 9 last year. As per Article 44(1) of the Constitution, the president continues to hold office until a successor is chosen, setting the stage for a pivotal transition in Pakistan’s leadership.

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