Nomination of caretaker PM ‘attempt to subvert Constitution’: Shehbaz

Islamabad, April 6 : Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz) leader Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday described the proposal of former CJP Gulzar Ahmed’s name for of caretaker prime minister as a “blatant attempt to subvert the Constitution”. Sharif said that such a proposal should not have been made as the Supreme Court is yet to decide on the validity of rejection of the no- confidence motion against Imran Khan led government and the subsequent dissolution of the National Assembly. National Assembly (NA) Deputy Speaker Qasim Shah Suri had rejected the no-trust motion against the Imran Khan led government and President Alvi dissolved the assembly on advice of PM Imran Khan. After the National Assembly was dissolved Pakistan President Dr Arif Alvi wrote a letter to Imran Khan and Shehbaz Sharif asking them to propose names of suitable persons for appointment as caretaker Prime Minister under Article 224-A(1) of the Constitution. Khan had put forward Justice (retd) Gulzar Ahmed’s name for . Shehbaz today wrote a letter to the president, saying that former CJP Gulzar’s name cannot be agreed upon while the previous setup’s status is still being debated in court. He wrote that the ruling of the Speaker regarding the opposition’s resolution for a vote of no- confidence against the prime minister is a violation of the Constitution of Pakistan, and the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly 2007. He added that all notifications relating to dismissal of the Resolution, advice of the PM regarding, dissolution of the National Assembly and continuation of the PM in office are all illegal acts and without lawful authority. He stressed that the Supreme Court is still hearing the matter to decide the legality of the deputy speaker’s ruling and the actions and orders of the prime minister and the president. He felt that the “hurried process” of proposing names for caretaker PM’s role is a “violation of the law and Constitution”. RKM

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