Islamabad: Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader Nawaz Sharif wants to take over power on May 28, the day when he had ordered nuclear tests in 1998 as the Prime Minister.
Sharif, who is set to make history by returning to the top office for a third time, wants the oath-taking of the members of the National Assembly on that day or his own oath-taking, a senior PML-N leader said.
“Whichever is possible will be done. Either the oath-taking of the new members will be done on May 28 or the inauguration of the new PM. It should be a nuclear parliament or a nuclear PM,” he added.
Sharif’s party won the May 11 general elections defeating the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).
The caretaker government proposed the summoning of maiden session of the National Assembly between May 18 and May 24 and subsequent transfer of power within this period but interestingly the would-be Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, showed the desire to see the new National Assembly take oath on May 28 or scheduling the oath-taking of the Prime Minister on that day in case the session is to be called earlier.
May 28 holds great significance in the country’s history as well as in the political career of Mr Sharif, as in 1999, on the same day, the Sharif-led government had carried out six nuclear tests in Chaghi in response to the five nuclear blasts conducted by India, rejecting world pressure, particularly from the then U.S. President Bill Clinton.
The sources in the caretaker government said that the summary to call the National Assembly session between May 18 and May 24 was taken up in the Cabinet meeting.
Sources said that caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso wanted the transfer of power as early as possible.