Pakistan's President sacks his secretary, action taken after controversy over signing bills - Newztezz Online


Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Pakistan's President sacks his secretary, action taken after controversy over signing bills


Even though the caretaker government is running the power in Pakistan, but the upheaval in the top politics of Pakistan has not stopped yet. Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Monday sacked his secretary. A day earlier, he had said that he had not signed two key bills and had instructed his staff to return both the bills on time without signing them so that they become ineffective. 

On Sunday, President Alvi had denied that he had signed the Official Secrets (Amendment) Bill-2023 and the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill-2023 after local media reported the Bills had been signed by the President and became laws after the Bills. 2023 is signed. The President's Secretariat said in a statement that Alvi had asked for a replacement for Secretary Waqar Ahmed whose services are "no longer required". 

Wrote a letter to the Principal Secretary, said this

"In view of its earlier statement, the President's Secretariat writes a letter to the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister that the services of Waqar Ahmed, Secretary to the President, are no longer required and he be immediately handed over to the Establishment Division," the statement said. According to the statement, the President also said that Humaira Ahmed, a BPS-22 officer of the Pakistan Administrative Service, may be posted as the Secretary to the President. After Waqar's removal, President Alvi posted on the social media platform 'X' (formerly Twitter), "I did not sign the Official Secrets Amendment Bill-2023 and the Pakistan Army Amendment Bill-2023 because I disagreed with them."

'My staff only weakened my order'

Alvi said, 'I had asked my staff to return the bill without signing it within the stipulated time to make it ineffective. I confirmed with him several times and he also assured me that he has returned the bills. However, I came to know today that my staff undermined my own order. Alvi belongs to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan. The president's unexpected claims sparked an uproar and many demanded action. PTI leader Babar Awan in a video message urged Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial to take suo motu action. 

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