Supreme Court disposes appeal against LHC decision

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued a written order on July 2 instructing to conduct another election for the slot of Chief Minister of Punjab. The 10-page order of the Supreme Court was  authored by Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan.

As per the order issued by the Supreme Court, the election of the Chief Minister will be in accordance with the law and the session will be chaired by the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly.

The order of the Supreme Court said that Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz and his Cabinet should fulfill his responsibility for the rights of representation and governance to the people of Punjab. The court also added that Hamza Shahbaz Sharif and the cabinet should be assured that the election will be free and fair.

The written order said that the responsibility of the Chief Minister and his Cabinet shall be limited until 22 July under Clause 2 of Article 130.

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The Supreme Court said that the Lahore High Court should release the details of its short decision.

Speaker Punjab Assembly has assured to keep the situation in the house under complete control during the voting. He added that the environment will be kept friendly and hopefully the election would be conducted peacefully and smoothly.

The Supreme Court said Hamza Shehbaz Sharif will remain Chief Minister Punjab till the by-elections that are scheduled to be held in the province. The apex court said the case against the Lahore High Court’s decision is thereby disposed of.