Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Setback To Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Supreme Court Rules That Punjab Assembly…

Setback to Shehbaz Sharif: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday declared unconstitutional the decision to set aside 10 votes of the deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly. Also named PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi as the chief minister of the politically important province. This decision has dealt a big blow to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

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Pervez Elahi, who lost Friday’s election despite securing a majority, had challenged deputy speaker Dost Mazari’s decision that declared Prime Minister Sharif’s son Hamza the winner. A bench of Chief Justice Omar Ata Bandiyal, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar, which heard the case, ruled that Pervez Elahi is the Chief Minister of Punjab province.

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During the election, Mazari cited a letter written by party president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain to give a ruling against counting of votes of 10 PML-Q legislators who were in favor of Elahi. The court also ordered the Punjab governor to administer the oath of office to Pervez Elahi before 11:30 pm on Tuesday.

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