Governor denotified Ch Pervez Elahi as CM Punjab-cabinet dissolved

 Governor Punjab Balighur Rehman denotified Ch Pervez Elahi as CM Punjab after he failed to take vote of confidence from Punjab Assembly


The battle to save Punjab Assembly has taken another turn. Punjab Governor Bligh Ur Rehman on Thursday night denotified Ch Pervez Elahi as the Chief Minister Punjab and dissolved the provincial cabinet. The governor had earlier asked the chief minister to take a vote of confidence on Wednesday at 4pm, which he did not. The secretary cabinet Punjab has issued the notification in this regard and implemented the order of Governor Punjab.  

It is pertinent to mention here that Chief Secretary Punjab work as secretary cabinet and new secretary Punjab was appointed just couple of days ago by the federal government. Ch Pervez Elahi has announced to challenge the order of the governor in the Lahore High court today. This constitutional matter will ends up once again  in the superior courts.  

PTI chairman Imran Khan has already announced to dissolve the Punjab and KP assemblies on December 23. To save the Punjab Assembly, PML-N moved the vote of no confidence against CM Punjab and Governor Punjab asked the CM to take vote of confidence to show that he enjoys the support of majority of the house.  

The governor’s notification reads: “Consequent to the facts that Ch. Pervaiz Elahi, Chief Minister Punjab refrained  from obtaining  vote of confidence at 1600 hours yesterday [Wednesday], in line with an Order under Article 130(7) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, issued under my hand on 19th. December 2022, in line with Rule 22(7) of the Rules of Procedure of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, 1997, and that he still has not done so even after the lapse of another twenty four hours, I am satisfied that he does not command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Punjab Assembly, and therefore ceases to hold his office with immediate effect.”

The governor further said: “In consequence of above, the Provincial Cabinet stands dissolved forthwith.” The governor, however, said that in terms of Article 133 of the Constitution, Pervaiz Elahi to hold office until his successor enters upon the office of the chief minister.

“Further necessary action may be taken immediately. Given at Lahore, this twenty second day of December 2022, 1600 hours,” the notification concluded. The governor also tweeted the notification. The Punjab chief secretary, complying with the order of governor, later issued a notification that Pervaiz Elahi was no more the chief minister of the province.

The notification (No .SO(CAB-II)2-12/2018 (Vol-II) issued by the Punjab, Services & General Administration Department stated: “In pursuance of the order of the Governor of the Punjab dated 22/12/2022 vide No. PSG-1-1/2022-57, Mr. Pervaiz Elahi has ceased to hold office of the Chief Minister Punjab with immediate effect. In consequence of the above, the Provincial Cabinet stands dissolved forthwith.

“Furthermore, in terms of Article 133 of the Constitution, Governor of the Punjab has been pleased to ask Mr. Pervaiz Elahi, former Chief Minister of the Punjab, to continue to hold office until his successor enters upon the office of the Chief Minister.”

A copy of the notification was also forwarded to the secretary to the president, secretary to the prime minister, Cabinet Division secretary, Election Commission of Pakistan secretary in Islamabad, the chief secretaries, governments of Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir and other officials concerned.


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