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NA session: The interim government addresses President Alvi’s concerns

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Details indicate that in response, the federal government informed Dr. Arif Alvi that Article 91 of the 1973 Constitution does not grant the president the “discretion or power” to adjourn the National Assembly session.

The sources quoted the federal administration and said, “Nowhere in Article 91 is it written that if the House is incomplete, the National Assembly session cannot be convened.”

It further said that Article 54 of the constitution allowed the president to adjourn the National Assembly’s “ordinary” session alone. According to the summary, the president was requested to call an extraordinary session of the National Assembly so that the newly elected members may take an oath of office.

Dr. Arif Alvi was asked to reconsider his choice and call a meeting of the National Assembly by the acting federal government on February 29.

The sources quoted the federal government and stated, “It is not written anywhere in the constitution that if specific seats are not allotted, the session cannot be called.”

It further said that the National Assembly must be called within 21 days following the election in accordance with Clause 2 of Article 91 of the constitution.

The caretaker administration responded, saying, “Even if the President does not call the National Assembly session by February 29, it would still be held on the same day.”

Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf called a session of the National Assembly on Thursday, February 29th, in order to administer the oath to the newly elected Members of Congress earlier on Monday.

According to specifics, President Arif Alvi declined to call a meeting under clause 2 of Article 91 of the constitution, arguing that the lower body is still unfinished because a decision on certain reserved seats has not yet been made. Consequently, the Speaker National Assembly called the meeting.

The National Assembly’s maiden session was called by Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. The freshly elected members of the National Assembly would take the oath of office from the Speaker. During the first session, the election schedules for speaker and deputy speaker will also be released.

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The PTI contests the election results of the three NA seats in Islamabad.

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Arguing that the results of the elections held on February 8 were manipulated and tampered with, the party brought its appeal before the Election Tribunal at the Islamabad High Court.

The Election Tribunal has been petitioned to nullify the successful declarations of MNAs from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz by PTI candidates in Islamabad, including Aamir Mughal from NA-46, Shoaib Shaheen from NA-47, and Ali Bukhari from NA-48.

Citing purported electoral tampering, some PTI contenders have contested the results on multiple venues.

The results of the elections in PK-73 and PK-79 were contested before the electoral tribunal on April 6 by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Details reveal that Ali Zaman and Taimur Saleem Jhagra of the PTI contested the outcomes of the PK-73 and PK-79 polls. Although the RO pronounced their opponents the victors in the aforementioned Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly constituencies on Form 47, the PTI leaders in their plea insisted that they were winning in accordance with Form 45.

Forms 45 and 46 have distinct presiding officer signatures. In order for ECP to compile the results of PK-73 and 79 in accordance with Form 45, the tribunal has proposed to hear the plea.

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NA-241: The SHC challenges the victory of Mirza Ikhtiar Baig

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According to information provided, Pervaiz Akhtar, a citizen, filed a case in the Sindh High Court claiming that Mirza Ikhtiar Baig is a citizen of Canada. His request to renounce his Canadian citizenship is currently pending.

Since it is against the law for a dual national to hold a NA seat, the complaint pleaded with the court to suspend his membership in the NA.

The PPP candidate’s attorney was instructed to appear at the next hearing on May 16 by the court, which also requested a response from Baig and the provincial and federal governments.

See also: Khurram Sher Zaman forfeits NA-241 seat in Karachi

It is important to note that in the general election of 2024, Khurram Sher Zaman, an independent candidate supported by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), lost the seat representing Karachi’s National Assembly constituency (NA-241).

Results for NA-241 in Karachi show that Mirza Ikhtiar Baig of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) won with 52,456 votes, 3,846 more than the next closest independent candidate, Khurram Sher Zaman, who was endorsed by the PTI and received 48,610 votes. Farooq Sattar of the MQM-P, however, only received 494 votes.

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PTI to abstain from voting in Senate chairman and deputy elections

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The election of the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman is going to be boycotted by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

The PTI’s political and core committee declares that it is unlawful to elect the Senate’s chairman and deputy chairman. The party has chosen to file a legal challenge to the election.

The sources from the core committee claimed that the election of the chairman and deputy chairman was unlawful and that the House of Federation was incomplete.

The constitutional plan was also violated by the Senate election that took place without Khyber Pakhtunkhwa senators being elected. According to sources, the Senate was not operating without a chairman.

The Senate Secretariat was only able to make administrative decisions. The source stated that the Senate secretary was not authorized to interpret the Constitution on his own while under duress and that the Upper House was only able to function as one department in the absence of the Senate chairman.

They said that this was the first time in a democratic regime that the Senate had stopped operating.

The PTI claimed that individuals responsible for the upper house’s non-functioning should face consequences for trampling on the constitutional structure.

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