Military Chiefs and Important Political Figures
President Arif Alvi on Monday acknowledged his recent “efforts in personal capacity” to bring the “stakeholders closer” without confirming or dismissing reports of his meetings with military chiefs and important political figures that prompted severe condemnation from leaders of the ruling coalition.
During his interaction with Karachi-based journalists and TV show hosts at Governor House, where he was asked a variety of questions, including one in the context of media reports that he had facilitated a meeting between former premier Imran Khan and army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa at the presidency this month. President Alvi talked about his role to “consult, negotiate, and deliberate” in his personal capacity.
President’s Constitutional Duties
They claimed that although the president didn’t directly address the query, he did so in the context of other questions that had been raised as well as the president’s constitutional duties.
His opinion was also made apparent in a later press release from the press information office about the president’s discussion with journalists.
President Alvi was reported as saying in the official release, “He stated he was attempting to bring the stakeholders closer together in his personal position through democratic mechanisms of consultations, negotiation, and deliberations at the right level.”
Imran Khan-Bajwa Meeting
Earlier this month, rumours of Mr. Khan’s meeting with the army chief spread quickly on social media, but no one has confirmed them.
The speculation increased when senior PTI leader Ishaq Khakwani stated in a TV appearance that President Alvi helped arrange a meeting between the party and Gen. Bajwa at the White House.
During his media appearance, he expressed concern over audio leaks that revealed conversations between the federal cabinet, Maryam Nawaz, the leader of the PML-N, and Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister.
Deteriorating Relations Between People and Nations
According to the president, it is important to respect everyone’s right to privacy and that distributing false information and disclosing private conversations or remarks are both “unethical.” He counselled self-control to avoid engaging in private chats, which occasionally led to deteriorating relations between people and nations.
He urged for “decisive and dedicated” attempts to implement cyber security technology and called the breaches “worrisome.”