Punjab CM re-election: Supreme Court summons deputy speaker on Elahi’s plea

The Supreme Court on Saturday summoned Deputy Speaker of Punjab Legislative Assembly Dost Mohammad Mazari in connection with a plea by PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi challenging his decision during his tenure as chief minister. re-election one day before.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandiyal and Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Muneeb Akhtar directed Mazari to produce in the court the complete records of tomorrow’s re-election.

The bench also issued notices to Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz, Pakistan’s Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf, Punjab Advocate General Shahzad Shaukat and Punjab Chief Secretary.

The bench issued this direction while hearing Elahi’s petition, which was filed Late last night, he was defeated after a controversial decision by the deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly – despite having a majority – and that of Hamza Shahbaz. re-election as chief executive of the province.

The hearing is being held in the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court.

During the election on Friday, Mazari rejected all 10 votes cast by the PML-Q on the pretext that he had violated the orders of his party chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, citing a letter he received from the vice-chancellor that he Asking your party. MP to support Hamza.

After the votes were counted, the deputy speaker announced that Ilahi received 186 votes, while Hamza received 179 votes. However, he refrained from declaring Elahi as the chief minister.

Instead, he indicated that as party chief, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the instructions to PML-Q members to vote for Hamza instead of Elahi had more effect.

The deputy speaker then announced that Hamza had won the chief minister’s election, as 10 cast votes reduced Elahi’s tally to 176, while Hamza topped with 179.

At the start of the hearing, Elahi’s lawyer, barrister Ali Zafar, told the court that Hamza got 179 votes in yesterday’s election against his client’s 186.

But the deputy speaker overruled 10 votes of PML-Q MPs based on a letter sent by PML-Q chairman Shujaat, the lawyer said.

During the hearing, Elahi told the court that Hamza had sworn in as chief minister,

However, Chief Justice Bandiyal replied: “It doesn’t matter. We have to discuss the law and the Constitution.”

After this, the court summoned Mazari and adjourned the hearing till 2.30 pm.

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In his petition, Elahi urged the court to take the deputy speaker’s decision to re-elect Hamza as “fake and false”.

“Hamza Shahbaz is liable to be disqualified as the Chief Minister of Punjab/Member of the Provincial Legislative Assembly,” the petition said.

It urged the court to declare “unconstitutional” the deputy speaker’s decision to set aside the votes of 10 PML-Q MPs on the basis of Article 63-A of the Constitution.

Instead, the plea said the court may declare Elahi a “valid candidate” and allow the PML-Q leader to take oath as the chief minister of Punjab.

The petition further said that Hamza should be stopped from taking oath as the chief minister. Hamza was administered the oath of office by Punjab Governor Balighur Rahman today.

‘Imran will announce next action plan after Supreme Court’s decision’

Speaking to the media outside the court after Mazari was summoned by the Supreme Court, PTI leader Asad Umar said that the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter is expected today, after which Imran will announce the next plan of action for all those Pakistanis. Those who believe in it will do.real freedom“(True freedom).

He described the deputy speaker’s decision as “the last hiccup of a dying system”. [some] Families have been imposed on Pakistan.”

Former foreign minister PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who was present on the occasion, criticized Zardari and said Shujaat’s letter had no “constitutional value” as it was not circulated among lawmakers.

“That the deputy speaker has kept it in his pocket shows that it is malicious,” he said.

Who sets the party line?

After the SC summoned Mazari, Umar separately tweeted that the court has now “simplified” the matter.

,[The court] The deputy speaker has been summoned at 2 pm. Let us also know where the Supreme Court said in its decision that the party chief has the right to give directions regarding voting. The Constitution is very clear that it is the right of the Parliamentary Party.”

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry also criticized Deputy Speaker Mazari’s decision, saying: “[The] The Deputy Speaker has not relied on any parliamentary convention and has in fact weakened the Parliament by making the parliamentary party redundant. [The] The only way we can change course is democracy within parties, [and the] Empowerment of Parliamentary Party is a leap in this direction.”

However, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah defended the deputy speaker’s decision, saying PTI had celebrated when 25 of its disgruntled MPs, who supported Hamza in the April 16 election for the Punjab CM’s slot, went to the Supreme Court. The exemption was granted in the light of the court’s decision. ,

“When our votes were rejected, Asad Umar said that PTI President Imran Khan had instructed all party members to vote for Parvez Elahi. So is Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain not the head of PML-Q?” he questioned.

The ruling coalition sought full court

Later, a statement issued by Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said that all parties in the ruling coalition demanded the CJP to set up a full court to hear petitions regarding Hamza’s election.

The statement said that in order to meet the requirements of justice, a full court of the apex court should hear the Supreme Court Bar Association’s petition, seeking Article 63-A, Elahi’s petition on Hamza’s disqualification and other relevant pleas. A review of the Supreme Court’s opinion has been sought. It said the petitions should be decided so that they can be decided in a single hearing as it is an “important national, political and constitutional matter”.

“The cost of political instability resulting from this” [situation] Being paid as risks of bankruptcy, unemployment and poverty,” the statement read.

The statement alleged that Imran was “deliberately creating anarchy to evade accountability, to hide his corruption and to come to power through the back door. [means],

In an apparent reference to PTI, the statement said that “an arrogant and fascist entity violating the Constitution” was “trying to blur the boundaries separating the powers of the legislature, the judiciary and the executive, which are enshrined in the Constitution.” was clearly defined”.

“Indeed, they want the Constitution of Pakistan … and the democratic system to go bankrupt,” the statement said, adding that “this mindset and behavior was acting as a termite for the state system”.

All parties in the ruling coalition have vowed not to compromise on the Constitution, democracy and the people’s right to rule, the statement said.

“All allies will fight fascism vigorously on every platform,” the statement said.

Separately, Home Minister Rana Sanaullah also demanded that the full court should hear the CM election matter.

Addressing a press conference, he said, “I request the Chief Justice of Pakistan that the principles of justice as per the democratic traditions should be applied in our case also.”

He urged that the interpretation of Section 63-A of the apex court should be considered during the course of the matter, the way it was on the plea of ​​PTI.

The Home Minister alleged that Imran has come out to spread hatred among the public and wants to divide the country.

“These people started the riots yesterday. They forcibly entered government buildings and entered the Lahore Registry’s office of the Supreme Court,” the minister said.

He said it was extremely “disappointing” that instead of taking notice of trespass and disrespect, the deputy registrar accepted the petition.

The minister said all provinces have been given a policy of arresting PTI protesters who “take the law into their own hands” and register cases against them.

‘Pressure on Shujaat’

Meanwhile, PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi, speaking to the media outside the court, said that the letter Shujaat sent to the deputy speaker had directed party MPs not to vote for any candidate.

“During our conversation yesterday, he said that he wanted Parvez Elahi to become the chief minister but not as Imran Khan’s candidate.

Moonis continued, “On this I told him that Pervez Elahi would lose the election in this case.”

‘Country cannot tolerate Zardari’s politics’

Before the hearing, Fawad said the country could not tolerate “Zardari’s politics” – an apparent reference to reports of PPP co-chair Asif Ali Zardari’s attempts to gain Shujaat’s support for Hamza ahead of the election.

Speaking to the media in Lahore, Fawad said: “This country needs political values. If you want to do Zardari-style politics… then there is no need to hold elections. Instead hold auctions.

“Whoever makes the biggest bid can buy the seat,” he said.

The PTI leader further said that after the deputy speaker’s decision and “the way the mandate was stolen, the political climate in the country is like a post-war”.

He further claimed that the ruling coalition has “ruined” the Constitution.

Fawad said that all the senior lawyers of the country agree that the decision of the deputy speaker is against the law and the Constitution. “It is not only against the law and the Constitution, but also against our political values ​​and democracy,” he said.

Taking a dig at Shujaat, Fawad claimed that the PML-Q president does not want to support the PTI-backed candidate.

“Then [PML-Q’s] Salik Hussain and Tariq Cheema should resign as they contested as PTI candidates. Had he not been supported by PTI, he could not have been elected even as a councillor.”

They alleged that Salik and Cheema had taken Shujaat hostage in the night and their thumb impression was printed on the letter sent to Mazari.

Fawad further said that Shujaat was ill for a long time and had Parkinson’s disease. “So we all know that their decision-making ability is very limited.”

He demanded the court to summon the deputy speaker and frame contempt charges against him.

The PTI leader also asked the “powers imposing these dwarves on Pakistan” to stop playing with Pakistan.

When a reporter asked him whether his party had a Plan B in case Elahi’s petition was rejected by the Supreme Court, he replied: “We don’t have a Plan B. It’s the people who have Plan B. … If justice is not served, people will make their own way.”

Later, Imran posted on Twitter that in just three months, “Zardari-Sharif’s mafia has brought the country to its knees politically and economically, just over 30 years of plundering Pakistan illegally accumulated To save property”.

“My question is, how long will state institutions continue to allow this?” he questioned.

He said: “I can say with certainty after talks with my nation and their response to my call for real freedom that the people of Pakistan have had enough and will not allow these mafia to continue their loot and plunder. We are not far [the] Sri Lanka is the moment when our people come out on the streets.”


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Additional reporting by Javed Hussain