Time for mid-term polls has passed: Pak PM

Pakistani Prime Minister said the opposition should prepare for the next elections.

Islamabad: The time for mid-term polls in Pakistan is over and the opposition should prepare for the next elections, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.

"The government has got passed its fourth budget and will request the (opposition) to prepare for the next elections as the time for mid-term polls is over," Gilani told journalists in Multan on Sunday.

The Prime Minister said that in future only coalition governments would be formed and no single party would be in a position to win a majority in Parliament.

"Without reconciliation, politics cannot succeed in the country. We will continue our politics of reconciliation," Associated Press of Pakistan quoted Gilani as saying.

Gilani was sworn in prime minister in March 2008.

To a query, Gilani said that the government did not allow use of Pakistan`s airbases to the US for drone attacks.

He added that the previous government had allowed the use of airbases for surveillance purposes only.

Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar had last week said that Pakistan had told the US to withdraw its troops from the Shamsi airbase in Balochistan while the Ghazi airbase in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had already been handed over to the Pakistan Air Force.


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