LHC rejects PML-N’s request for CM Elections before April 16

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday rejected a plea to hold the early elections and ordered Punjab Assembly’s deputy speaker to hold the election for the Punjab chief minister (CM) before April 16, 2022.

According to the details, LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti announced the decision today after he had reserved the verdict on petitions filed for holding the election of the Punjab CM a day earlier. Petitions for the election of Punjab Chief Minister were filed by Hamza Shehbaz and others.

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader and a contender for the CM’s post, Hamza Shehbaz, had filed a plea in the LHC for holding early elections, while Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly Dost Muhammad Mazari had moved the court for the revocation of his powers.

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Rejecting Hamza’s plea, LHC CJ Bhatti asked the deputy speaker to hold the polls on April 16 and ordered all parties to perform their roles impartially.

The Lahore High Court in its brief judgment said that all parties should perform their constitutional duties impartially and the Deputy Speaker should elect the Chief Minister of Punjab on April 16, 2022.

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It may be recalled that a meeting of the Punjab Assembly was held on April 5, 2022, under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari. The reason for postponing the meeting was stated to be that time is needed for repairs after the House was broken up by the opposition members so the meeting will be held on April 16, 2022, at 11:30 am (local time).

It may be recalled that on March 28, 2022, former Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar resigned from his post and former Prime Minister Imran Khan nominated PML-Q’s Pervez Elahi as the Chief Minister candidate.

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