The PML-N government and its allies will file a petition at the SC

LAHORE: The Pakistani Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government and Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) allies have decided to petition the Supreme Court (SC) for a full bench for the post of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Election Case, ARY News reported on Sunday.

According to ARY News Lahore Bureau Chief, the PML-N government and PDM parties decided in a consultative session that a petition will be filed against the interim verdict of the Supreme Court (SC) on the election case CM Punjab.

The government and senior PDM leaders are expected to make an announcement at a joint press conference tomorrow. The ruling party and its allies will reach the Supreme Court with their lawyers on Monday (tomorrow).

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In the petition, the ruling party will call for a full bench and bludgeon relevant petitioners including the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for hearings.

It has been learned that the leaders of PML-N, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) will reach the SC to file the petition in which other allies including Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P), Awami National Party (ANP), Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Balochistan National Party (BNP) and others will be parties.

STATUS OF HAMZA SHAHBAZ AS PUNJAB CM

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday ruled that PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz’s status as Chief Minister of Punjab (CM) was in jeopardy.

A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhter issued a written order on PML-Q leader Pervez Elahi’s plea against Dost Mazari’s decision in the matter of the CM elections.

In its six-page written order after the day-long hearing, the court said, “Hamza Shahbaz will continue to work as chief minister until Monday.”

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He ruled that Hamza should operate in accordance with the Constitution and the law during this period. However, the order added: “As chief minister, Hamza Shehbaz will not use his powers for political purposes.”

The Supreme Court noted that counsel for the Vice President was unable to defend the decision under Section 63A(1)(b) of the Constitution. “The current status of Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz is in jeopardy,” the order said.

The Supreme Court said it did not want a vacuum to be created in such a large province. “Impossible to leave the province without a chief executive,” the court said.

The court also ordered Advocate General of Punjab Irfan Qadir to submit a written response regarding the CM election matter. The Supreme Court then adjourned the hearing until Monday.

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