Pakistan: Son of PM Sharif to take oath as new Punjab chief minister

Lahore High Court instructed the National Assembly Speaker to conduct Hamza Shehbaz's ceremony on Saturday



By ANI

Published: Sat 30 Apr 2022, 8:49 AM

Last updated: Sat 30 Apr 2022, 10:10 AM

Pakistan's Punjab province Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shehbaz is set to take the oath on Saturday after the Lahore High Court directed the National Assembly Speaker to administer the oath-ceremony following the continuous delay, local media reported.

Yesterday, Lahore High Court Justice Jawad Hassan, who passed the order on a third petition of the Hamza Shehbaz seeking implementation of the two previous court orders on his petitions, directed the National Assembly Speaker to administer the oath-ceremony on Saturday, Dawn newspaper reported.

The Lahore court observed that President Arif Alvi and Punjab Governor Omar Sarfaraz Cheema had deliberately ignored its decision.

"The governor through his conduct has also made himself 'impracticable' for the oath to be made before him," said the court.

In the late-night development, Punjab Government announced that the oath-taking ceremony would start on Saturday at 10:30 am at Governor House.

In the April 22 order, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mohammad Ameer Bhatti had directed the President to nominate any person in terms of Article 104 of the Constitution to administer the oath, but the President failed to comply with the order.

The chief justice on Wednesday advised the Punjab Governor to ensure the administration of the oath of the newly elected Chief Minister either himself or through his nominee, but even that order was not followed, reported Dawn.

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Meanwhile, Punjab Assembly Speaker and Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) leader Pervaiz Elahi Chaudhry said they would challenge the Lahore High Court's decision.

Chaudhry said since the assembly did not elect Hamza Shehbaz as the new CM, they went to the courts to seek justice. He said the President and Punjab's Governor are also working under the Constitution.

"If the courts open in the morning our lawyers will challenge the decision tomorrow."

Chaudhry, who like the other candidate for CM had boycotted the election, said that the President and the Punjab governor will take action and it is not possible to make a unilateral decision.

Hamza Shahbaz was elected as the new chief minister with 197 votes on April 16 and a day later he was scheduled to take the oath but Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema "postponed" the oath-taking ceremony as he ruled his election controversial due to the ruckus that took place in the Assembly.


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