PM Abbasi hints at amending Article 62 of Constitution

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday hinted at bringing an amendment in Article 62-1(f) of the Constitution, which requires a public representative to be “Sadiq and Ameen” (truthful and honest).

Speaking to an anchorperson, Abbasi said his party, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), will decide whether he was to stay as premier for 45 days or longer.

He said that Nawaz Sharif proposed his name for the prime minister and everyone extended his support in its favour.

The prime minister said his government, together with the opposition, may bring a constitutional amendment bill to make amends to Article 62.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan disqualified Nawaz Sharif under the same article.

He said Nawaz Sharif has directed him not to come to Punjab House, however, added that he would go there.

“Upon reaching there, I would do as asked by Nawaz Sharif,” he added.

Asked about Chaudhry Nisar not being part of his cabinet, he said that he has cordial ties with the former interior minister and Nisar should be considered a member of the cabinet. “Nisar also favoured it, when Nawaz Sharif proposed my name for the premier.”

The incumbent prime minister said the ministries of petroleum and power have been merged; there was an extreme need for Ministry of Water, which we have formed.

Speaking of Islamabad’s ties with the United States, he said the country’s relations with Washington need to be further improved, while its ties with Russia witnessed improvement after a long time.


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