February 20, 2024

Petition filed in Pakistan high court docket in search of elimination of ‘biased’ President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: A petition was filed within the Supreme Court docket of Pakistan on Saturday in search of elimination of President Dr. Arif Alvi for “not appearing in accordance with the tasks” of his workplace.

Alvi, who took oath because the thirteenth president of Pakistan in September 2018, accomplished his five-year constitutional time period on September 8, this 12 months. He, nonetheless, continues to carry the workplace below Article 44 of the Structure of Pakistan, which permits a president to proceed to remain in workplace within the absence of provincial and nationwide assemblies that have been respectively dissolved in January and August.

A few of his controversial choices embrace an tried dissolution of the Nationwide Meeting, the decrease home of Pakistan parliament, forward of a no-trust vote in opposition to his social gathering chief and former premier, Imran Khan, sending a presidential reference in opposition to Supreme Court docket decide, Qazi Faez Isa, who’s presently the chief justice of Pakistan, and his failure to announce a date for nationwide elections.

In his petition in opposition to the president, Ghulam Murtaza Khan cited some controversial choices made by Alvi and contended that he misused his powers by utilizing his workplace to assist ex-PM Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) social gathering, which was “unconstitutional and biased” towards the nation.

“It’s, due to this fact, respectfully prayed that by accepting the moment Structure Petition, this Honourable Court docket could situation instructions to analyze the matter and declare that the current President Mr. Arif Alvi, shouldn’t proceed as President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” the petition learn.

Main Pakistani political events, together with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan Peoples Get together (PPP), have additionally repeatedly accused Dr. Alvi of being “biased” towards Khan’s social gathering and appearing as a “social gathering member” as a substitute of a head of the state.

The petitioner additionally mentioned that Alvi contradicted together with his place by giving controversial statements on numerous events, citing an argument that arose from Alvi’s return of the Official Secrets and techniques Modification Invoice and Pakistan Military Modification Invoice with out signing them.

In August, President Alvi introduced by way of X messaging platform that he had requested workers to return the payments, granting widespread powers to the navy, unsigned throughout the stipulated time to make them ineffective.

The event got here amid a crackdown on Alvi’s social gathering following assaults by its supporters on authorities and navy installations to protest ex-PM Khan’s transient arrest in a graft case in Could.

“These type of acts have made the character of the President very distrustful for entire the nation,” the petitioner added.