Arif Alvi writes letter to Shehbaz Sharif on holding elections in Punjab, KP n Expresses concern over ‘no meaningful consultation’ with him by PM n Criticises ‘fake cases’ towards politicians and ‘atrocities of police against innocent citizens’.
ISLAMABAD – President Dr Arif Alvi has made one other intervention on the prevailing political situation, delay in elections for Punjab and KP assemblies and deterioscore press freedom state of affairs by writing a strong-worded letter to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Within the letter written to the PM yesterday, the President emphasised that every one involved executive authorities of federal and provincial governments needs to be directed to chorus from abuse of human rights and help the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) for maintaining common elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, throughout the timeframe, in compliance of Supreme Court docket’s order dated 1st March, 2023, to keep away from additional problems together with contempt of court docket.
The President stated that he was writing the letter as occasions had taken place within the latest previous that had been highlighted by the print, digital and social media about obtrusive violations of elementary and human rights that wanted to be dropped at the Prime Minister’s discover to make sure remedial measures and preventive motion.
The President acknowledged that elections of provincial assemblies, in case of their dissolution under Article 105 or Article 112, had been required to be held inside 90 days below Article 224 (2) of the Structure. He added that the Supreme Court docket of Pakistan vide its order dated 1st March, 2023 had directed the ECP to suggest date(s) to the President for holding the ballot within 90 days or on a date that deviates to barest minimal from aforesaid deadline.
He stated that the Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was additionally directed by the Supreme Court docket to nominate a date for holding the overall election for Provincial Meeting of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as per the timeframe. Subsequently, ECP had professionalposed holding of common elections between 30th April – seventh Could, 2023 and common elections for the Provincial Meeting of Punjab had been introduced to be held on 30th April, 2023 and the identical was notified by the ECP.
The President stated that it appeared that federal and care-taker governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa suggested the heads of involved departments to point their lack of ability to offer essential help for holding common elections.
He referred to Article 220 of the Structure which states that “it shall be the duty of all executive authorities in the Federation and in the Provinces to assist the Commissioner and the Election Commission in the discharge of his or their functions”. The President underlined that in his opinion, flagrant violation of the Structure had been dedicated by the manager authorities and authorities departments, including that ECP had not carried out his announcement of holding common elections in Punjab on 30th April, 2023 and in addition blatantly violated the Supreme Court docket’s order dated 1st March, 2023.
The ECP has introduced the date of eighth October, 2023 for holding common elections of provincial assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he stated.
The President additionally stated that it was a matter of concern that no significant session with the President on coverage points had been undertaken by the Prime Minister in keeping with the Article 46 of the Structure, which supplied that Prime Minister shall hold the President inshaped on all issues of internal and overseas coverage and on all legislative proposals the federal authorities intends to carry earlier than the Parliament.
He added that Rule 15(5) of Guidelines of Enterprise, 1973 additionally highlighted the duty of the Prime Minister, inter-alia, to furnish such info relating to the administration of affairs of the Federation and proposals for laws because the President might name for.
In his letter, the President additionally drew the eye of the Prime Minister in direction of the seriousness of incidents of Human Rights violations, atrocities of police/regulation enforcement agencies and grossly disproportionate use of pressure towards the citizens of Pakistan.
He stated that a number of faux and frivolous circumstances had been registered towards politicians, employees, journalists and media individuals; homes of political employees had been raided, and residents had been abducted with out warrants and lawful justification.
The President termed the incidents of human rights violations and oppression by state equipment towards harmless citizens as in “clear breach and violations of elementary rights assured by Article four of the Structure that gives for, and ensures residents to enpleasure the safety of regulation and to be handled in accordance with the regulation. He additionally referred to Article 9 on ‘security of person’, Article 10 on ‘safeguards as to arrest and detention’, Article 10-A on ‘right to fair trial’, Article 14 on ‘inviolability of dignity of man etc.’, Article 15 on ‘freedom of movement etc.’, Article 16 on ‘freedom of assembly’, Article 17 on ‘freedom of association’ and Article 19 on ‘freedom of speech’, and stated that the spirit and mandate of those articles had been being clearly transgressed? This has tarnished the picture of Pakistan within the international group and is casting adverse repercussions on the way forward for democracy and state of Human Rights in Pakistan, he added.
The President additional excessivelighted that in World Press Freedom Index of 2021, Pakistan ranked 145 out of 180 countries and dropped to 157 i.e., 12 factors downwards within the World Press Freedom Index, 2022, which mirrored the sorry state of affairs and this yr’s actions and pictures would additional exacerbate Pakistan’s already dismal rating.
He wrote that in latest months, media had been additional suppressed and journalists had additionally been subjected to costs of sedition and terrorism to stifle dissent and criticism towards the federal government. It seems that a reign of terror has been unleashed towards the media persons who’ve impartial opinions, he added.
The President concluded that the Prime Minister, being head of Authorities, was responsible for the safeguard of Human Rights in addition to Basic Rights of each citizen of Pakistan as enshrined within the Constitution, and due to this fact, all concerned government authorities of federal and provincial governments needs to be directed to chorus from abuse of human rights and in addition to help the ECP to carry common elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.