Islamabad: Pakistan's interim Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso on Thursday promised to transfer power to the new government on time. The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party of two-time Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif emerged the single largest party in the May 11 general elections and Sharif is set to lead the country for the third time.

"The next phase of democratic transition, which is the transfer of power to the newly-elected government, in accordance with the Constitution and the will of the people of Pakistan, will be completed soon and in stipulated time," Prime Minister Khoso told during a cabinet meeting in Islamabad.

Information Minister Arif Nizami said this week that the transition process will be completed by June 2. The prime minister congratulated the nation for taking part in the elections and said that the first ever democratic transition of power is taking place in the country's 65-year plus history.

"I am thankful to the people of Pakistan for coming out in large numbes to exercise their right to vote," he said. He added that the nation's fearless participation in general elections proved that it can defeat militancy and sectarianism with the spirit of collective well being of the people.

"Holding the timely election is a great victory of the people, democracy and the system," he said, adding that all institutions worked day and night to accomplish the difficult task despite adverse circumstances.

Unfazed by Taliban threats and incidents of bombing, Pakistani voters turned out in large numbers to take part in the May 11 general elections recording more than 60 percent turnout.

(Agencies)

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