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Constitutional Tensions: A Clash between President and Prime Minister in Pakistan


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In a recent letter to President Arif Alvi, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif accused the president of violating his oath of office on multiple occasions. According to Sharif, the president’s order of dissolving the National Assembly and failure to discharge his constitutional duty upon Sharif’s election as prime minister are just some examples of his breach of oath.

In response, Sharif emphasized that due process under the constitution was being afforded to everyone, and all actions taken by law enforcement agencies were being conducted in accordance with the law. He pointed out that it was the Pakistan Tehreek-e-lnsaf (PTI) who had caused chaos and civil unrest, brought the country to the brink of economic default and civil war, and disregarded laws and the constitution.

Sharif also expressed his concern that the president had failed to hold former Prime Minister Imran Khan accountable for his aggressive attitude towards the political order and his defiance of court orders. Furthermore, he noted that the previous government had oppressed his party and that the National Commission for Human Rights was kept dysfunctional during PTI’s tenure.

Sharif’s letter highlights the importance of upholding the constitution and the rule of law. He emphasized that his government was committed to preserving, protecting, and defending the constitution while ensuring that no one is allowed to violate the law and cause irreparable harm to the state of Pakistan.

In conclusion, Sharif’s letter is a reminder of the importance of accountability and adherence to the constitution. It also highlights the need for constructive dialogue between government officials and the importance of holding elected officials accountable for their actions.

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