In a move aimed at exacerbating the ongoing constitutional crisis in Pakistan, Islamabad (Salih Zafar), the president of the Awami Alawite Movement, has further deepened the turmoil by intending to announce the date and schedule for general elections in the country without taking into consideration the prevailing electoral laws. Without regard for the existing electoral regulations, this step could potentially escalate the already tense situation in the nation.
A concise conversation with Punjab’s Chief Minister’s Advisor, Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad, has revealed that they have been informed through a reliable source in the Presidential Palace that the president is contemplating shaping the circumstances through various proclamations. It has been suggested that the president has devised a plan to invoke Article 48(5) of the constitution to enforce his directives. It’s worth noting that Kanwar Dilshad is the author of Pakistan’s electoral laws. He reminded that the conduct of general elections falls under the purview of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), and it operates in accordance with the country’s electoral statutes.
Recent amendments to the electoral laws, as introduced by the Parliament, have empowered the ECP to set and announce the schedule and date for elections. This change was enacted to ensure transparency and fairness in the electoral process. However, the president’s potential move to unilaterally announce election details could undermine the principles of democratic governance and institutional checks and balances.
This development raises concerns about the proper functioning of Pakistan’s democratic framework. Any attempt to sidestep established procedures and laws could lead to further political unrest and instability in the country. It is crucial for all stakeholders to respect the constitution, adhere to established electoral regulations, and work towards resolving differences through dialogue and legal means. The situation underscores the importance of upholding democratic norms and ensuring that decisions related to elections are made in a transparent and inclusive manner, promoting the overall welfare of the nation and its citizens.