SC restores Hamza Shehbaz as interim CM till July 25th

Next hearing will be held Supreme Court Islamabad; Advocate General of Pakistan seeks more time to prepare arugments; SC directs Dost Mazari to submit written reply

Supreme Court on Saturday retained Mian Hamza Shahbaz’s status as interim chief minister and remarked Hamza Shehbaz’s powers will be limited and he will continue to function as a trustee.

The case hearing has been adjourned till Monday (July 25st) at Supreme Court, Islamabad.

The apex court ordered the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly to submit a written reply.

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The decision was taken as a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhter, took up the petition filed earlier today.

In its verbal order, the apex court said that it didn’t want a vacuum to be created in such a large province.

It also clarified that Hamza would work in accordance with the law and the Constitution until then, adding that Hamza was not allowed to use his power as chief minister in any way that would benefit him personally.

Irfan Qadir, Mazari’s lawyer, asked the court for more time and said he wanted to submit a written response. The court granted him time till Monday.

Parvez Elahi’s lawyer, Barrister Ali Zafar, requested the court to at least prevent Hamza from forming cabinet, on which the court said he could form one but it should be as small as possible.

The PML-Q lawyer requested the court to hear the matter tomorrow as well but the court said if the arguments were not completed, the matter would go to Monday anyway so the hearing will be in Islamabad on Monday.