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Musharraf may go in for snap polls

Speculation is rife in political circles in Pakistan that early elections could take place in the country.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 19:20 IST

Speculation is rife in political circles in Pakistan that early elections could take place in the country.

Federal Religious Affairs Minister Ijazul Haq further dropped the hint the other day when he said that general polls, which are slated for next year, could be held anytime.

"The government and the party (Pakistan Muslim League) have made preparations for fresh elections.

Call for new general polls can be given any time but there is no fixed date," The News quoted Haq as saying.

Sindh Chief Minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim too hinted that parliamentary elections could be held before the scheduled plan if such a situation arises.

"However, at present there is no such plan and the elections would be held as per schedule.

The PML would sweep the elections. More PPP (Parliamentarians) legislators and leaders would soon join PML."

In private discussions, federal ministers also speak of early elections saying that the polls would be announced when the government is convinced that its popularity graph is all-time high and the ruling coalition could win hands down.

The ministers concede that the campaign for the next elections had already started as far as the ruling coalition is concerned because most of its actions and policies are meant to fare immensely well at the hustings.

General elections in Pakistan are mostly held either in the first or the last quarter of the year.

The present assemblies complete their five-year tenure in November 2007 and so will Musharraf.

If all goes well the elections would be announced after the conclusion of their term and the polling would be held in early 2008.