Friday, March 31, 2023

President Arif Alvi meets Imran Khan in Lahore


LAHORE: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday held a meeting with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in Lahore, ARY News reported.

The meeting took place at Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence.

The meeting discussed the polls in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies and the overall political situation of the province.

Both leaders also expressed reservations with ECP for not announcing dates for KP, Punjab elections.

“ECP failed to fulfil its fundamental duty,” said Imran Khan while talking to President Alvi.

On Wednesday, President Arif Alvi had asked the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to immediately issue the election schedule for Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assemblies.

In a letter addressed to Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja today, a copy of which is available with ARY News, President Arif Alvi said that the election of an assembly is to be held within 90 days of the dissolution as provided by Article 224(2) of the Constitution.

He highlighted that the conduct and holding of elections was the primary and essential duty of the ECP as per PART VIII of the Constitution, particularly Article 218 (3) which assigned the duty to the ECP to ensure the holding of fair and free elections.

He had reminded the CEC and other ECP members about their fundamental duty as per their oath under Article 214 and Third Schedule of the Constitution, which says “I will discharge my duties……faithfully in accordance with the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan”, and the Elections Act, 2017 to avoid serious consequences of breach/violation of the Constitution/law and announce election schedule of the two dissolved assemblies forthwith.


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