Presidential System in Pakistan: LHC dismisses plea today

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A bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday dismissed a petition seeking a court order for a presidential system in Pakistan.

A single bench of the high court comprised of Justice Ameenuddin Khan while hearing the petition declared the plea as non-maintainable.

The petitioner had made President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan as a party in the case.

Petitioner pleaded that the enforcement of the presidential system of government is in the best interest of the country.

The petition claimed that Pakistan has always made progress in the presidential system and pleaded to the court for an order to conduct a referendum for replacement of the existing parliamentary system in the country with the presidential system.

The petitioner also sought the court order for changing the existing mechanism of appointment of the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by electing the holders of both offices with a referendum.

The bench dismissed the petition by declaring it non-maintainable.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s system of government swung between the parliamentary and presidential systems since the independence of the country.

Both the systems have their die-hard supporters and opponents. It is, however, a historical fact that the country always remained under the presidential rule during the military governments.

The politicians, back the parliamentary democracy, whenever a civilian government set in the country.

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