Islamabad: The President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi, has asserted that Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, Imran Khan, remains his leader even to this day. He further stated that if he were not the President, he would be behind bars.
In a private television interview, Arif Alvi expressed his uncertainty regarding the upcoming elections, saying it is unclear whether elections will be held in January. When he suggested writing a letter to the Election Commission to resolve the matter of elections, the commission responded, “There is no need.”
Arif Alvi mentioned that he did not sign the 2017 Election Act amendment, which altered Section 57/1 of the Constitution, as it was against the Constitution.
The President of Pakistan stated, “If I were not in the presidency, I would be in jail today. Imran Khan, the Chairman of PTI, is my leader.”
He clarified that he did not send a reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa but rather received it from the Prime Minister’s House. Later, the former Prime Minister also declined to send the reference.
The President mentioned that there is a possibility in the parliamentary system that the government may not complete its term, and Pakistan is facing significant challenges on the path of democracy.
While discussing his decision to remain in office, he stated, “The Constitution dictates that the incumbent President will continue to fulfill his responsibilities until the new President is elected. If I leave my position, it is inappropriate for Pakistan.”
Arif Alvi’s statement underscores his loyalty to Imran Khan, who he still considers his leader, even as the country navigates through political uncertainty and potential challenges in its democratic system. The President’s commitment to upholding his duties until the new President is elected shows his dedication to the principles of the Constitution.