Punjab CM election: Ruling coalition boycotts Supreme Court proceedings

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari (L), JuI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman (R) PML-N veteran Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (C) addressing a press conference after the Supreme Court hearing on July 25, 2022. – Screengrab Geo News

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leadership on Monday announced that the ruling coalition has decided to boycott the Supreme Court proceedings as the apex court decided to continue the hearing on the election of Punjab Chief Minister with the existing three-judge bench. has done.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan dismissed a petition seeking the formation of a full bench to hear the matter of the election of the Chief Minister of Punjab – where Hamza Shahbaz defeated Pervez Elahi.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while addressing a press conference at the Prime Minister’s residence said that if the Supreme Court does not make a full court, we will [PDM] Will also set aside all the decisions of the judiciary as we will not appear before this three-member bench.

“We boycott the proceedings of the apex court,” Fazal declared, adding that the coalition government did not want any institution to interfere in court cases.

Fazal, who also heads the PDM, said the government coalition’s advisers advised the jury in accordance with the constitution; However, the top court “instead of considering our demand impartially” dismissed our petition.

Supporting Fazal’s statement, Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and co-chair of the PPP, said that the PPP has decided to boycott the court proceedings along with all other PDM coalition parties. He said that when a decision is being taken about an institution, the entire bench should hear the matter.

‘This is the Supreme Court exam’

Senior PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said it is “now the Supreme Court exam”. He further said that the PDM had warned that the people of Pakistan would accept it only if a full court decision was taken.

Abbasi said the onus is on the three judges of the present bench to decide whether history will accept their conduct or not.

It is to be noted that while adjourning the hearing till 11:30 am tomorrow, the court announced that a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandiyal, comprising Justices Ahsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar – on a petition filed by PML Will hear -Q and PTI regarding the election of Hamza Shahbaz as the Chief Minister of Punjab.

After the pronouncement of the verdict, there was a crowd of government leaders at the Prime Minister’s residence in the press conference.

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, JUI-F chief Fazal and PPP president were in the presence of senior political leaders and government figures.

Leaders of MQM-P, members of ANP, BAP, BNP and other government allies are also present along with other senior figures of PML-N.