President’s announcement of election date unconstitutional: Azam

Ijaz Kakakhel

Minister for Law and Justice Azam Nazeer Tarar Monday said that President has violated the constitution by announcing the data of elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa just to please his leader.

Speaking in National Assembly, the minister said that Article 48 (5) of the Constitution only allows the President to announce a data for the election after dissolution of National Assembly by him.

It is to mention that Article 48 (5) says,” Where the President dissolves the National Assembly, notwithstanding anything contained in clause (1), he shall appoint a date, not later than ninety days from the date of the dissolution, for the holding of a general election to the Assembly and appoint a care-taker Cabinet.

The minister said that Article 105 (3) allows the Governor to announce the date in province if he had dissolved the provincial assembly. The Punjab Assembly was not dissolved by the Governor, after his reservations refusal to dissolve the assembly, the provincial assembly got dissolved after 48 hours, he added.