Pervez to challenge LHC Hamza Shahbaz’s decision to take oath

ISLAMABAD, April 30 (Alliance News): Speaker Punjab Assembly and PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has said that we will challenge the decision of Lahore High Court regarding the oath of Hamza Shahbaz Sharif.

According to the sources, after the decision of the Lahore High Court yesterday, the Punjab government announced last night that the swearing in ceremony of Hamza Shahbaz will be held at 10.30 am today at the Governor House.

Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with private news channel said that ‘, the Speaker Punjab Assembly said that there was no election in the Assembly, therefore they went to the courts to seek justice. The state, the governor of Punjab is also working under the constitution.

He said that if the courts open in the morning then the lawyers would go and appear before him. The decision is to be challenged in the morning.

Pervez Elahi said that President and Governor Punjab would take action, it is not possible to take a unilateral decision.

It may be recalled that yesterday the Lahore High Court had directed the Speaker of the National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf to take oath from the newly elected Chief Minister of Punjab Hamza Shahbaz on Saturday at 11:30 am.

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The court’s decision came on the third petition filed by newly elected Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz seeking swearing in of a person nominated by the court due to the behavior of President Arif Alvi and Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema.

Justice Jawad Hassan of Lahore High Court while delivering the verdict directed the Speaker National Assembly to take oath from Hamza Shahbaz.

At the beginning of the hearing, Justice Jawad Hassan had asked what was the order of Chief Justice Lahore High Court.

Hamza’s lawyer Khalid Ishaq then read out the order and told the court that the president and the governor were openly violating the Punjab constitution.

Hamza Shahbaz’s lawyer said that this court has to protect the constitution, law and fundamental rights.

Justice Jawad while giving remarks said that no one should have the courage to disobey the order of the court, this is a question of honor of the High Court and Pakistan, the High Court passed 2 orders but they were ignored. I will definitely follow the path I saw.

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Hamza Shahbaz’s lawyer told the court that the Lahore High Court had issued directions for the selection of the chief minister, adding that the governor was refusing to take oath from the elected chief minister in violation of the court’s instructions.

Justice Hassan asked why the petitioner did not make the President and Governor of Punjab a party in the case. To which Hamza Shahbaz’s lawyer replied that he did not need to be a defendant in the case.

The Lahore High Court observed in its order that the court, in issuing the orders, stated the binding principles of the Constitution under Article 201 but it was ignored not only by President Arif Ali but also by the Governor of Punjab Omar Sarfraz Cheema. The obligation has not been fulfilled, thus violating Article 5 of the Constitution which obliges every citizen to remain loyal to the state.

In his concluding remarks, the judge said, “The petition is granted in the light of the directions / suggestions given by the court in the judgments and the law enacted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the federal government has been directed to file it on April 30 (today). At 11:30 am in Lahore, the Speaker should inform the National Assembly about taking oath from the newly elected Chief Minister of Punjab.

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