“Won’t comment on Army Chief’s extension until new polls,” says President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi, while urging the political parties to gather under one roof, said that a break in the country is not far away and good news will soon come, and also stressed political understanding.

In an interview to a private channel, the president said that the elections are the best solution to get out of a national crisis, adding that the elections are now a few months away and there should be a discussion between the politicians regarding the elections.

“I will not give an opinion on postponing the appointment of the Army Chief until after the new election,” he said.

The President further said that the lower segment of society is suffering due to the flood crisis. He said that the country is witnessing three crises at the moment, and the biggest crisis is political.

He said, “The rupee continues to lose value and the country’s exports are also declining, adding that the country’s economic crisis needs to be addressed as the World Bank has also revealed the possibility of Pakistan’s default, while the IMF’s instalment has temporarily put off this possibility.”

Dr Alvi went on to say that the political crisis in the country is easy to solve, but many people are not ready to get out of this crisis due to temporary interest. All political leaders have been talking about early elections, while the Supreme Court has also asked the Chief Election Commissioner about holding general elections, to which the ECP said that it would take 7 months to hold elections, but that elections are probably the best solution to get out of this crisis.

Dr Arif Alvi said that he could mediate with the stakeholders as per the constitution. Everyone will agree on something, he added. The President also said that he is afraid that if the economic crisis continue then the people will come to the streets. Sharing his thoughts on the elections, the President said there is a gap of a few months in elections. “My doors are open for mutual discussion,” Alvi said. He further said that the matter should be dealt on the basis of give-and-take, adding that whichever party wins after the election, it should come with a mandate.

He further said that obstinacy would harm the country. “If we control our ego, we can do our job with dedication,” Alvi added. President Alvi said that to address the issue of floods, money is needed. “The thing is, if we don t come together, history will hold us responsible,” the President added. He further said the political leadership in the current government also agreed on the new elections, adding that the political leadership outside the government also wants early elections. Perhaps elections are a better solution to get out of these crises, he stressed. The President added that it is better that a representative government should be elected by the people even, if the current coalition is successful in the elections.

Arif Alvi said that he is in touch with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The President added that the real task is for the government and the opposition to sit down and settle things, as Imran Khan has offered the government to hold talks. Arif stressed that the political maturity demands from all the political parties to sit at one place.  Terming communication “important,” Alvi said that it’s time to move forward by forgetting everything.

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