PM writes back to President Alvi: ‘Your letter seems like PR of PTI’


Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday wrote a reply to the letter of President Arif Alvi and termed it as the press release of the Opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI).

“I am in receipt of your letter No. 5(24)/Dir(R&E)/2022 dated March 24, 2023.

“I am constrained to express, at the outset, my disappointment at the blatantly partisan nature of your letter, which in parts reads like a Press Release of the Opposition political party i.e.the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) whose one-sided, anti-government views you continue to openly espouse, notwithstanding your constitutional oath/office of President. It is a matter of record that previously also you have acted in a similar partisan manner on several occasions in violation of your oath. These occasions include: (1) your order for dissolution of the National Assembly on April 3, 2022, on illegal instructions of the former Prime Minister, which order was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on April 7, 2022; and (2) upon my election as the Prime Minister, you failure to discharge your constitutional duty in terms of clause (5) of Article 91 to call upon me to assume the office of the Prime Minister and administer the oath of office.

“Despite the foregoing and several other instances, where you actively worked towards undermining a constitutionally elected government, I have made all-out efforts to maintain a good working relationship with you. However, the contents of your letter, its tone and language has compelled me to respond to it, which I do, as follows:

“You have referred to the events highlighted by the print, electronic and social media about alleged violations of fundamental and human rights of politicans and political workers. ‘Ile reference, quite clearly, is to the politicans and workers belonging to the political party to which, you also belong to.”


Leave a reply