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President gave election date, claims Azam Tarar, in violation of the Constitution

President Dr. Arif Alvi allegedly breached the Pakistani Constitution by declaring the schedule of elections for the provincial assemblies of Punjab and Kpk, according to Minister of Law and Justice Azam Nazeer Tarar

The minister stated in the National Assembly that Alvi had broken the Constitution by announcing the date for the elections for the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly when he had no constitutional authority to do so.

He claimed that after dissolving the National Assembly, the president was permitted by Article 48(5) of the Constitution to announce the day for its election.

In cases where the president dissolves the National Assembly, he must, according to Article 48(5), set a date for a general election to be held for the Assembly and appoint a caretaker ministry that cannot be later than 90 days from the date of the dissolution.

Article 105 (3) permits the governor to notify the date for holding the election to the relevant provincial legislature if he dissolves such assembly, according to Azam Tarar.

Despite anything in clause (1), article 105 (3) states that the governor must “(a) select a date, not later than ninety days from the date of dissolution, for the conduct of a general election to the assembly and (b) appoint a care-taker ministry” when the provincial legislature is dissolved.

The minister claimed that because the Punjab Assembly was disbanded 48 hours after the chief minister advised it to be so, the governor did not have the authority to dissolve it. He stated that the governor had declined to sign the recommendation.

The minister claimed that people who advocated for respecting the Constitution had done so in the past as well.

After the former deputy speaker’s decision, which was later overturned by the supreme court, the president dissolved the National Assembly in three minutes, he said.

He recalled that the president had even declined to appoint Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister.

The president’s declaration of the date for the provincial legislatures’ elections is unlawful, and the law will take its course in this regard, Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif stated earlier in the House.

He said that President Alvi was “toeing the line of his party.”

Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz suggested that the House adopt a resolution rejecting the presidential action.

Abdul Akbar Chitrali of Jamaat-e-Islami argued during the budget debate that the rise in the general sales tax rate will cause more people to fall below the poverty line.

According to him, Pakistan could only be put on the path to wealth and progress if it was freed from the debt trap of the International Monetary Fund.

To get the nation out of the current economic crisis, he encouraged all members of the political leadership to donate at least 50% of their wealth to the national exchequer.

He brought up the illicit shipping of urea and other agricultural supplies to the neighbouring nation.

The supplementary budget, according to Nasir Khan Musazai of the PTI, will raise inflation levels nationwide.

The budget was also discussed by PTI members Nuzhat Pathan and Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari.

Written by Aly Bukshi

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