LHC directed Speaker National Assembly to administer oath from CM elect Punjab Hamza Shahbaz on Saturday

Justice Jawad Hassan in his order has said that the governor through his conduct has also himself made impracticable for the oath to be made before him

Justice Jawad Hassan of LHC has directed the Speaker  National Assembly  Raja Pervez Ashraf to administer oath to newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz at 11:30am on Saturday (tomorrow). Justice Jawad Hassan accepted the writ petition filed by CM elect Punjab Hamza Shahbaz. Hamza Shabaz approached the LHC for the third time after the president and governor failed to comply the two earlier orders of LHC. 

The 9 page order noted that both decisions of the court despite having binding effect have been ignored "deliberately" by President Arif Alvi as well as by Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema. "The governor through his conduct has also himself made impracticable for the oath to be made before him," the order further said.

The order stated that despite clear directions of the court to take oath, it was not acted upon and complied with by the office of the president which prompted the petitioner to file another writ petition on the same subject.

The court observed that the governor failed to exercise his powers and to perform his duties by avoiding the administration of oath to the newly-elected chief minister thereby violating the clear advice of the court to either administer the oath himself or through his nominee.

In his petition, Hamza also sought proceedings against all the “constitutional office-bearers” for defying the high court and violating their constitutional duties.

The former Punjab Assembly opposition leader bagged the CM post with 197 votes in the election held on April 16 after the intervention of the high court that had appointed Dost Muhammad Mazari as the acting speaker.

But the governor, a PTI leader, had refused to administer the oath citing reservations over the election of the chief minister. Subsequently, Hamza went to the high court and the court asked President Alvi to appoint an official for the oath-taking of Hamza as the CM of Punjab.

In a second petition, the CM-elect moved the court for implementation of its earlier order. The LHC chief justice had asked the governor to “ensure the completion of the process of administration of the oath of the CM, either himself or through his nominee on April 28, 2022”.

Speaker Punjab Assembly Ch Pervaiz Ilahi and PTI Punjab has announced to challenge the LHC verdict. 


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