Pakistani Interior Minister calls on President Alvi to free himself from Imran Khan’s ‘slavery’

President Arif Alvi has been reluctant to take the oath since ousting Imran Khan as Pakistan’s prime minister

President Arif Alvi has been reluctant to take the oath since ousting Imran Khan as Pakistan’s prime minister

Pakistani Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Saturday criticized President Arif Alvi for showing reluctance to swear in Cabinet members and failing to comply with the new dispensation, saying the president should free himself of former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “slavery”.

The minister’s statement comes in response to the delay in administering the oath to the chief minister of Punjab by the governor of the province and also the failure of President Alvi to appoint a representative for this purpose.

Mr Sanaullah asserted that President Alvi was constitutionally bound to perform his duty as President rather than acting on the dictates of Khan, President of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), The Express Grandstand reported.

He asked the President to stop using the pretext of getting sick and carrying out his duties or resigning from his position.

Mr Sanaullah said the president should fulfill his constitutional responsibilities and free himself from Mr Khan’s “slavery”, according to the report.

The minister stressed that the country would be run according to the Constitution and not according to the whims of Mr Khan.

“The office of president is a constitutional office that is above politics. When it comes to performing constitutional obligations, the president as well as the governors and other associates of the PTI fall ill,” he said. he lamented.

Mr Alvi has been reluctant to swear in since Mr Khan was ousted as Prime Minister of Pakistan. He first refused to swear in Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, then his cabinet.

Prime Minister Sharif’s 34-member cabinet – a mixture of experience and fresh blood – was sworn in on Tuesday after several days of delay, with Senate President Sadiq Sanjrani swearing in new ministers after President Alvi withdrew from again excused from the ceremony.

The ceremony was to take place on Monday, but President Alvi refused to swear in lawmakers, forcing the government to postpone it.

Mr Alvi, a member of the ousted prime minister’s Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf party, took “sick” leave ahead of the inauguration of the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

President Alvi agreed to swear in four ministers on Friday after a meeting with the prime minister. He, however, refused to appoint a representative to organize the swearing-in of Prime Minister Hamza Shehbaz’s son as Punjab’s chief minister on Saturday, despite an order from the Lahore High Court.

The Home Minister also lamented the ongoing constitutional crisis in Punjab.

The president should fulfill his constitutional obligation and immediately appoint a person to swear in the newly elected chief minister, he said.

“The Lahore High Court (LHC) order is continuously being violated after defying the Supreme Court guidelines,” the minister said, adding that the provincial government was operating with the crucial chief ministerial president empty and in the absence of Cabinet members for the last 21 days.

The power struggle in Punjab turned acrimonious when new Punjab Governor Omer Sarfraz Cheema on April 17, a day after the election of Chief Minister, refused to swear in elected Chief Minister Hamza on the grounds that the legality of the election was in question.

In a bid to end the political crisis, Prime Minister Sharif immediately fired the governor, only to face another hurdle when the president allowed the governor to remain in office.

Betty K. Park