PTI, PML-Q approach LHC regarding Hamza’s Oath-Taking

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) have filed an appeal against the decision of Hamza Shahbaz regarding oath-taking ceremony.

According to details, PTI and PML-Q have announced to challenge the decision of Lahore High Court (LHC) and has prepared an appeal against the decision on the request of Hamza Shahbaz’s oath-taking ceremony. Advocate Azhar Siddique said that considering the seriousness of the matter, the appeal will be filed today, as the decision of the LHC is against the constitution and law.

Setting the term of office is an insult to the office of President and Governor, he added. Azhar Siddique said that Article 248 provides full protection to the President and the Governor, therefore LHC has no jurisdiction to take action against the Governor and the President.

Interim bail of Shahbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz extended

It may be recalled that yesterday the Chief Justice (CJ) of Lahore High Court while delivering a verdict in the Hamza Shahbaz swearing in case had ordered that the Governor of Punjab should make the swearing in mandatory till tomorrow.

The decision said that the constitution immediately proposes to form a federal or provincial government, adding that in the current situation, the President or Governor is constitutionally bound to take immediate oath. The Governor or the President is not authorized to delay the swearing in of the Chief Minister (CM) or the Prime Minister (PM) and there is no provision in the Constitution for such delay.

The decision said that Punjab has been running without a government for the last 25 days, therefore the court ordered Governor Punjab to complete the process of oath.

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The court said that at present Usman Buzdar is fulfilling the responsibility of CM Punjab. The Governor of Punjab is bound by law to swear in Hamza Shahbaz as the new Chief Minister.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has called the PTI’s members of Punjab Assembly on May 6, 2022, who were involved in floor-crossing.

Furthermore, it is to be remembered that Hamza Shehbaz was elected CM Punjab during a Punjab Assembly session that saw unprecedented violence resulting in attacks on Speaker Pervaiz Elahi and Deputy Speaker Dost Mohammad Mazari.

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