ISLAMABAD: Amid growing criticism against President Arif Alvi over the summoning of the National Assembly (NA) session, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari Tuesday said he foresees the head of the state facing multiple cases for violating the Constitution. “I think there will be two cases against President Arif Alvi for violating the Constitution […] One for dissolving the NA after the vote of no confidence [against ex-prime minister Imran Khan] and another for failure to summon NA session as required by the Constitution,” he said while speaking to the media in Islamabad after the hearing of the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto death sentence reference. His remarks come a day after the NA Secretariat summoned the lower house’s inaugural session on February 29 after President Alvi rejected a summary to summon the NA session on the 21st day after the general elections, as provisioned by Article 91(2) of the Constitution. Alvi believed that the NA was incomplete sans the allocation of all the reserved seats to the political parties. While the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has allocated reserved seats to political parties, it has not awarded reserved quota to the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-backed independent candidates joined the party. The ECP, however, said that the matter of SIC reserved seats is “pending before the commission” and will be heard by the electoral body tomorrow after today’s adjournment Commenting on the PPP’s decision to join hands with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the PPP chairman said: “How could we have distanced ourselves [from govt formation]?” The politician questioned whether the country’s economic problems would have been solved on its own had his party remained indifferent. “If I say that I will not work with the PML-N then the basic problem of the people will not be solved,” he added. Stressing that the party decided to support the side that approached them, Bilawal questioned why the SIC was objecting to the formation of the coalition government by others since they didn’t even approach the PPP in the first place. “[We] should be thankful to the SIC and the PTI [for allowing] Shehbaz Sharif to become the country’s prime minister unopposed,” he added. On the issue of the nomination of provincial governors, the PPP chairman revealed that his party’s Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari himself would announce the governors’ names after becoming president.



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