ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court determined on Tuesday that Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari’s verdict on the election of the Punjab chief minister was null and void and that Pervaiz Elahi will be the province’s new chief minister. (Infosette News) reported.
Following the conclusion of the proceedings in the Punjab CM election case, a three-member bench comprised of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial and Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Munib Akhtar declared the judgment.
At 11:30 p.m., the Supreme Court directed Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman to administer the punishment to Elahi. The Supreme Court also overturned all appointments made by ‘trustee CM’ Hamza Shahbaz.
The court stated that if the Punjab governor does not give the oath to Elahi, President Dr. Arif Alvi might do so instead.
In addition, the court ordered the Punjab Chief Secretary to release Pervaiz Elahi’s CM notification today and ordered Hamza Shehbaz to depart the Chief Minister’s Office immediately.
Pervaiz Elahi, who received 186 votes to Hamza’s 179 votes, had contested the result in the Supreme Court after deputy speaker Mazari invalidated 10 PML-Q votes for violating the party’s mandate.
The hearing challenging the Punjab Assembly deputy speaker’s ruling in the CM election process lasted three days.
The Punjab Assembly deputy speaker’s lawyer, Irfan Qadir, and the PPP’s lawyer, Farooq H.Naek, appeared before the court today. The PPP and Mazari’s lawyers informed the court of their clients’ decision to boycott.
In his remarks, CJP Justice Bandial stated that the demand for the establishment of a full court is a delaying strategy and that the entire court will not be accessible until the second week of September.
He asked the parties who were boycotting the court hearings to be kind.
The CJP stated that “no legal” grounds were placed before the court; arguments were provided simply regarding the party head’s orders; and the court concluded that there was no need for a full bench in the current instance.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court sought advice on a case involving party leader or parliamentary party directives.
“Assist the court with the legal questions or we will step down from the bench,” CJP Bandial told Elahi’s counsel, Barrister Ali Zafar.
In his arguments in the case, Zafar stated that the petitions against the 21st Amendment were dismissed by a full court by a vote of 13:4.
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