Law ministry not holding meeting on President’s letter
By News Desk
August 25, 2023 03:28 PM
The Ministry of Law and Justice has confirmed receiving President Dr Arif Alvi’s letter but it denied having summoned any meeting on the advice sought by the President, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday.
According to the spokesperson, the Ministry of Law and Justice has not decided to summon a meeting on the letter sent by the President seeking ministry’s advice on holding consultation on election date between the President and the Chief Election Commissioner, though the ministry confirmed receiving the President’s letter.
CEC Sikandar Sultan Raja on Thursday refused to hold meeting with President Alvi to finalize the poll date, while alluding to the recent amendment to the Election Act, 2017.
The president had written to the CEC on Wednesday, inviting him to meet and finalize a date for the general elections within the 90-day constitutional deadline ending in early November.
The CEC wrote back to the President yesterday declining the request of the meetup on the issue, citing the amended Act. He was of the view that the meeting would be of no use.
After the CEC rejoinder, President Alvi wrote a letter to the Ministry of Law and Justice seeking “advice” following Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja’s “refusal to meet head of the state for fixing an appropriate date” for general elections.
Reporter Amanat Gishkori