ECP is an independent body, government will implement whatever decision it takes on KP, Punjab elections, says premier
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has suggested President Arif Alvi to refrain from unconstitutional actions, referring to the president’s letter to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja over the dates of elections for the Khyber Paktunkhwa and Punjab assemblies.
In a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz birthday party assembly chaired by using the most beneficial, he said Alvi’s letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) about the statement of the date for elections in Punjab and KP changed into an unconstitutional act.
Senior PML-N leaders, representatives of the ruling coalition and the felony team of the federal government participated inside the assembly. The government’s legal crew briefed the meeting individuals about the suo motu note taken by using the Supreme Court (SC) concerning the maintaining of elections in Punjab and KP.
The optimal known as upon the president to refrain from such acts in destiny. He said the authorities respected the court docket, including that the ECP turned into an unbiased group and some thing choice it’d make about elections in Punjab and KP might be carried out via the authorities.
The finest also took the ruling coalition companions into self assurance over writing a letter to President Alvi approximately his unconstitutional act. The top of the line said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s so-known as ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’ [court-arrest movement] had failed badly, and those had rejected the politics of chaos and anarchy. He said now humans knew well about the U-turns of the PTI.
Last week, President Alvi had invited the CEC for consultation over the date of elections in Punjab and KP, however the ECP had rejected the president’s notion for session, and then President Alvi unilaterally announced the date of elections in Punjab and KP as April nine.
Declaring this motion of President Alvi unconstitutional, federal ministers had stated that the order of the president had no significance.
Meanwhile, within the meeting, it become demanded that judges of the Supreme Court should recuse themselves from instances against the PML-N because the celebration did now not assume justice from them.
Separately, PM Shehbaz Sharif and previous president and chief of Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari held a meeting on Thursday and mentioned the political state of affairs inside the country.
Though the legitimate assertion issued after the meeting become limited to handiest saying that the matters of mutual hobby and the us of a’s usual political situation got here under discussion, it’s miles understood President Dr Arif Alvi’s act of saying the date for elections in Punjab and KP was mentioned via the 2 leaders.
Apex committee meeting today
PM Shehbaz Sharif will chair a meeting of the national apex committee today (Friday) to discuss the law and order situation in the country. The apex committee will discuss and evolve a strategy to deal with the increasing terror activities in various parts of the country.
The huddle will include the services chiefs, including Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Muneer, DG ISI, DIB and other intelligence gathering agencies heads. Well-placed sources told The News that the meeting will commence at the Prime Minister’s House at 3pm.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, Finance and Revenue Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar and Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif will also attend.
The sources pointed out that the meeting had conspicuous significance in the wake of the just concluded visit of Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif to the Afghan capital where DG ISI Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmad Anjum was also in company.
Such a high-level visit from Islamabad took place after a long pause. It is understood that the activities of the TTP using the Afghan territory which is causing great harm to peace in Pakistan did come for detailed deliberations during the stay of the delegation in Kabul.