Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi has urged Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to enable the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold provincial elections. In a letter, the president claimed that the ECP had violated an order of the Supreme Court and had neglected his instruction that the parliamentary vote should be held in Punjab on 30 April. Alvi also cited Article 46 of Pakistan’s Constitution, which states that the premier should keep the president informed of internal and foreign policy, along with legislative proposals intended for consideration by parliament. The president also accused police and law enforcement of committing “glaring violations of fundamental and human rights” through arrests and raids on the homes of political workers and ordinary citizens. The content of the letter resonates with concerns that civil liberties have been suppressed by the ruling class in Pakistan.
Alvi calls upon PM and provincial governments to support ECP in conducting elections.
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