Supreme Court orders Hamza Shehbaz to remain CM with limited powers until July 25.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a brief decision restoring interim status to Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz, preventing him from exercising full powers until July 25.
On Saturday, a three-member Supreme Court bench issued a brief ruling after hearing petitions filed by Punjab Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari challenging the ruling issued during the counting of votes following the election of the Chief Minister on Friday, July 25. I requested an answer.
The case was considered by a three-judge panel presided over by Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial, Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, and Justice Muneeb Akhtar. According to the Supreme Court, Hamza Shehbaz will be permitted to wield the nominal authority of the Chief Minister, and the court will keep an eye on his business dealings. Irfan Qadir, the deputy speaker’s attorney, stated in court that the decision was made in accordance with the Supreme Court’s verdict.
He claimed that various interpretations were revealed in the relevant paragraphs of the court decision as well as in several previous decisions. According to the Chief Justice, the court decision stated that votes should not be counted if they are contrary to party policy. According to Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, the role of the parliamentary leader in the judicial decision is clear; the vote of anyone who does not follow the parliamentary leader’s instructions is not counted; where is the ambiguity in this?
Irfan Qadir, the lawyer for Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari, stated that he will assist the court on all points and should be given time to prepare. Previously, Tehreek-e-lawyer, Insaf’s Barrister Ali Zafar, presented arguments before the bench, following which the court issued notices to all parties declaring the petitions against the ruling admissible. Separate petitions have been filed against the Deputy Speaker’s ruling by Speaker Pervez Elahi and Azhar Siddique Advocate.
The petitions have been signed by the Deputy Speaker, Muslim League-Q, Chaudhry Shujaat, and Hamza Shehbaz, among others. The petitions alleged that the Deputy Speaker violated Article 63A of the Constitution by ruling against the majority opinion under Articles 17, 55, and 130.
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According to the petitions, the Deputy Speaker has broken orders from the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court, which ordered a clean and transparent election. The original letter, dated July 21, was with the Deputy Speaker, but no one else had it. The deputy speaker overstepped his authority by accepting the party leader’s original letter without confirmation.
It should be noted that in the vote for Chief Minister in the Punjab Assembly on Friday, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi received 186 votes, while Hamza Shehbaz received 179 votes. However, Deputy Speaker Dost Mohammad Mazari rejected the votes of ten Muslim League-Q members based on Chaudhry Shujaat’s letter, resulting in Parvaiz Elahi receiving 176 votes and Hamza Shahbaz receiving 179 votes.
After the votes of ten Muslim League-Q members were rejected, Hamza Shehbaz was declared successful by a margin of three votes, prompting the Tehreek-e-Insaf and Muslim League-Q to petition the Supreme Court against the Deputy Speaker’s ruling. On behalf of Pervez Elahi, an application was filed against Rowling in the Supreme Court Lahore Registry late Friday night. Amir Saeed Advocate filed the petition on behalf of Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, and the petition was received by Deputy Registrar Supreme Court Ijaz Guriah.
Speaking to the media outside the Lahore Registry, Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Fawad Chaudhry said that the Deputy Speaker had cheated on the people’s mandate, and that his ruling violated the constitution, the law, and moral democracy. He claimed that by rejecting ten people’s votes, a moral funeral was held. According to Fawad Chaudhry, the entire country is in a political crisis as a result of the establishment’s unnecessary adventure, and the economy has suffered irreparable damage in three months.
While speaking to journalists in Lahore, Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah stated that Hamza Shehbaz becoming Chief Minister is consistent with democratic traditions. He claimed that the PTI had celebrated the decision of the party’s chief to be illegal, and that it has now gone against the Supreme Court’s decision. In response to the decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif, he asked the Chief Justice to convene a full bench to hear PML-N cases. Rana Sanaullah has asked the Election Commission to rule on the PTI’s prohibited funding case.