Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders on Wednesday demanded the resignation of President Arif Alvi, with Senator Raza Rabbani lambasting the incumbent government over the “total breakdown of systems in the country”.
Addressing a press conference flanked by other PPP leaders, including Sherry Rehman, Maula Bakhsh Chandio and Sassi Palijo, Rabbani said that state institutions were being made controversial, inflation and terror-related incidents were on the rise, but “there is no one ready to answer for this”.
Rabbani noted that the government had not taken anyone into confidence regarding these issues, nor had it called a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), leading him to believe the institutions were being purposefully “crippled”.
“It seems the institutions are being pushed under the purview of one person alone. The parliament is being disrespected and legislation is being done through ordinances,” he said, referring to the Pakistan Island Development Authority Ordinance.
The senator noted that President Alvi had issued ordinances without taking into account the legal procedures, adding that “the powers of the provinces are being taken away.”
He also lambasted the president for having “maliciously” filed references against two judges, both of which were later disregarded by the Supreme Court (SC).
The PPP leader also said that the court decisions proved that the president did not fulfil his constitutional obligation in these references. “President Arif Ali tried to attack the independent judiciary which is unacceptable. Therefore, in light of these decisions, the president should resign,” he said.