Thursday May 05, 2022

Governor Punjab Announces To Send Reference Against LHC Judge Jawad Hassan

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema has announced to send a reference against Lahore High Court’s (LHC) Justice Jawad Hassan to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) for what he called an “illegal decision” of directing the National Assembly speaker to administer the oath to Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shehbaz.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Cheema said he had decided to take legal action against the judge after consultations with professionals over the last two days.

Last month, Justice Hassan had issued a nine-page verdict after Hamza approached the high court for the third time, ending a days-long deadlock over the chief minister’s office in Punjab. Hamza was elected as Punjab’s chief minister on April 16.

After the court decision, Hamza was administered the oath by NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on April 30.

In his press conference today, Cheema termed the LHC judge’s verdict “illegal”, saying that according to the honeycomb principle, no institution could “interfere” in the working of another institution.

There was no provision in the Constitution that stated that anyone besides the president or the governor could issue a notification regarding the new chief minister, he added.

The governor also shared that he had requested meetings with the president and the army chief to discuss the situation in the province.

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