Amid the economic crisis, the Federal government in Islamabad has been holding talks about installing a technocratic government under Hafiz Sheikh for two years. The reason to bring this shift is the sole purpose of countering the imminent risk of default. The PML-N seems to be on board regarding this setup with a condition of implementation under Shehbaz Sharif. The PTI chairman has refused this setup and is demanding elections instead. Dialogues are underway for mutual consensus so that all parties are aligned to bring Pakistan out of itseconomic crisis.
While the debate is still on, analysts consider this an unconstitutional demand as a caretaker or technocratic government is only opted to conduct elections. According to Article 224 of Pakistan’s constitution, such a setup can only be in place for 90 days, and that too in case of a military takeover, otherwise it is uncalled for. Furthermore, a technocratic setup weakens the democratic status and stakeholders become cautious of investment in such volatility.
While talks are being held, tough economic decisions need to be made instead of mounting an unelected system. Economic policies should be revised as per the suggestion of economic experts instead of using backdoors.
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