Process to appoint interim PM ‘violation of law, Constitution’, Shahbaz tells President Alvi


ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the outgoing National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif informed President Arif Alvi on Wednesday that the Opposition does not agree with the suggestion of appointing Justice (retd) Gulzar Ahmed as the interim prime minister and that the process for the appointment issued by the head of the state was a “violation of law and Constitution”. In a letter, Shahbaz confirmed to the president that he had received his April 4 message regarding the appointment of a caretaker prime minister. The PML-N president informed President Alvi that the speaker’s ruling on April 3 on the no-confidence motion against PM Imran Khan was a “blatant violation of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan” and the “Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business” of the lower house. “The entire super-structure built thereon, including all consequential notifications relating to dismissal of the Resolution, advice of the Prime Minister regarding dissolution of the National Assembly, and continuation of the Prime minister in office are all illegal, without lawful authority and of no legal effect,” wrote Shahbaz. The former Opposition leader also informed President Alvi that the Supreme Court is holding suo motu hearings on the National Assembly deputy speaker’s ruling.  He also shared the apex court’s ruling, stating that “any order passed by the prime minister and the president shall be subject to the order of the Court”. “Thus process of appointment of caretaker Prime Minister started by you under Article 224(1A) of continuation in a hurried manner is simply to defeat the process of law and constitution without waiting for decision in sou motu case and petitions filed by combined opposition parties and other petitions challenging rejection of no-confidence resolution against prime minister and prorogation of requisitioned session of National Assembly by deputy speaker and consequent dissolution of National Assembly by prime minister, which are still pending adjudication before Supreme Court.


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