Monday July 25, 2022

Govt And Coalition Partners Will File Writ Petition To Form Larger Bench Of CM Punjab Election Case

Lahore: The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and other constituent parties of the ruling alliance have announced to file a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking the formation of a full bench to hear a petition on contentious Punjab chief minister election.

According to sources the major leaders of the coalition parties will also hold a joint press conference at 10:30am tomorrow (Monday) to make an important announcement in this regard.

Following the presser, the ruling alliance leaders will also go to the top court together with their lawyers to file the petition.

The joint petition will be filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), JUI-F, MQM-P, ANP, BNP, BAP and other allied parties.

The ruling allies will reportedly request the court to club the Supreme Court Bar Association’s (SCBA) review request, the present petition and other related applications.

PML-Q leader and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi — challenging Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari’s ruling wherein he had rejected 10 votes of the PML-Q members relying upon the ruling of the top court that read that the votes of those lawmakers, who denied following the party’s instructions, would not be counted.

A three-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhter, was hearing a plea at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry

The Supreme Court on Saturday directed that Hamza Shehbaz would remain as a ‘trustee’ chief minister of Punjab by July 25 (Monday) — the next date of hearing — after the lawyer representing the deputy speaker of the provincial assembly could not satisfy the bench over the latter’s ruling wherein 10 PML-Q MPAs’ votes were rejected in a recount for the election of the province’s top slot held a day earlier.

The top court also directed that Hamza would neither use his powers for political gain, nor take major initiatives or decisions until then.

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