President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday, rejecting the speculations about any delay in elections, said he strongly believed that the polls would be held on time.
The president, talking to a delegation of the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) led by its President Kazam Khan, here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, said the timely elections would pave the way for improving the political and economic situation of the country.
He emphasised the need for upholding the Constitution as the country’s history had proven that the delay in elections had harmed democracy.
Referring to his meeting with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali earlier in the day, the president said the KP governor was a democratic person and he had encouraged him to fix a date for elections in accordance with the Constitution and the order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
He said he had been playing his constitutional role and his decisions had also been affirmed by the apex court.
President Alvi said he had been playing his role to reduce differences and promote reconciliation among the political parties. He was willing to meet any person or political party for the sake of the country, he added.
The president remarked that he had also asked the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leadership to negotiate with other political parties.—INP