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PM Shehbaz terms President Alvi's election letter 'a PTI press release'

  • Premier in his reply says President's letter is partisan in nature, contains anti-govt views, and does not reflect the constitutional position of the office
Published March 26, 2023
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday termed President Dr Arif Alvi’s letter to the premier asking him and the caretaker governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to assist the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in holding elections in both provinces “a PTI press release”, Aaj News reported.

The premier, in his reply to the President, said that his letter is partisan in nature, contains anti-government views, and does not reflect the constitutional position of the office.

He also said that President acted unconstitutionally when he dissolved the National Assembly (NA) on April 3, 2022.

Earlier this week, President Alvi wrote a letter to PM Shehbaz in which he maintained that the ECP, by postponing elections of provincial assemblies, failed to implement his announcement of holding Punjab elections on April 30 and “blatantly violated Supreme Court’s order dated March 1.”

President Alvi also quoted Article 46 of the Constitution, which states that the “Prime Minister shall keep the President informed on all matters of internal and foreign policy and on all legislative proposals the federal government intends to bring before the parliament.”

“It is a matter of concern that the Prime Minister has undertaken no meaningful consultation with the President on policy issues in line with the above Article,” the letter stated.

In reply, the premier further said that even in the matter of his oath last year, President “failed to fulfill his constitutional duty.”

“I tried my best to establish a good working relationship with you, but on many occasions, you have been working actively against the elected constitutional government,” the letter stated.

The premier maintained that he was forced to reply due to the language and tone used by President in his letter.

President Alvi, in his letter to the premier, also drew his attention to “glaring violations of fundamental and human rights”, atrocities of police and law enforcement agencies, and the use of force against the people of Pakistan.

“Multiple fake and frivolous cases have been registered against politicians, workers, journalists and media persons. Houses of political workers have been raided and citizens and abducted without warrants and lawful justifications.”

He said such violations of fundamental and human rights guaranteed by Article the Constitution of Pakistan and curb on freedom of speech had tarnished Pakistan’s image in the international community and are casting negative repercussions on the future of democracy in the country.


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Kashif ALI Mar 26, 2023 12:54pm
Yup, no doubt. The constitutional office of Presidentship has been politicized by incumbent. Never in the history of this country, I have witnessed such a partisan attitude of a person holding this office.
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Tulukan Mairandi Mar 26, 2023 01:22pm
Alvi shd be forcible expelled from office
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Azaree Mar 26, 2023 01:43pm
Crooks are committing high degree treason!
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Shiteistan Mar 26, 2023 02:39pm
This place cannot be called a country. It is at best a collection of fiefdoms controlled and or ruled by thugs and mafias.
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BK Mar 26, 2023 03:38pm
God! PDM should really be called ghunda party! Alvi is not with PTI, he is with the constitution of Pak, which PDM has been violating. SS did not talk about elections and only attacked Alvi in the letter. That should tell us that PDM is only concerned about themselves and not the constitution or the country. I hope the SC will guide Pak in the right direction. And meanwhile I want to thank Bajwa and Munir for the mess we are in. You are solely responsible for it and for the mess to come unless Army wakes up from its slumber
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BK Mar 26, 2023 03:40pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, yes, that’s what this gov and their neutral handlers are good at, FORCE. They are crooks and don’t know any better but to force ppl out of office, houses and into jails or graves.
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Trump Mar 26, 2023 04:33pm
@Kashif ALI, Indeed, sponsored comment!
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Trump Mar 26, 2023 04:34pm
@Tulukan Mairandi, What a crooked mindset!
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vinjhraj Mar 26, 2023 04:36pm
I have never seen such biased president in history of Pakistan.He is acting as spokeperson of pti.
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Love Your Country Mar 26, 2023 10:32pm
Reminds me of era of GEK.
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