Friday, August 19, 2022

If there is no Chief Minister, who manages the province? Justice Ijaz

A hearing is underway on PTI’s appeal against the Lahore High Court’s decision regarding the Punjab Chief Minister.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyers Faisal Chaudhry and Imtiaz Siddiqui have filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking stay of the election of Punjab Chief Minister till the decision of the petition.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial is hearing the PTI’s appeal in the Supreme Court. Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel are also part of the bench.

At the commencement of the hearing, PTI lawyer Imtiaz Siddiqui from Lahore appeared on the video link while Babar Awan appeared in the court on behalf of PTI. Yes, the members who are present in the assembly hall or in the chambers, their votes are counted, you just tell me what is the reason for requesting less time for voting?

The Chief Justice spoke to the PTI lawyer that the decision of the Lahore High Court was apparently in your favor. Can you tell us whether the decision was in your favor or not? State the basis of your application.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan said that the request is that some members go on Hajj, some get married, let them come, why should the Supreme Court intervene in this matter? Does PTI want more time? Under what principle should we interfere in the decision of the Lahore High Court? In the dissenting note in the decision of the Lahore High Court, the date of voting is tomorrow. Are you ready to vote tomorrow?

During the hearing, PTI sought seven days for re-election process in Punjab.

Justice Ijaz remarked that the members present in the country can reach in one day, the votes of your deviant members have already come out, how long will it take for the members of PTI to reach Lahore? Do you want Punjab to be without Chief Minister for 7 days? The problem of the present Chief Minister is that his election was not right. If there is no Chief Minister, who will manage the province?

The Chief Justice said that if for some reason the Chief Minister is not fit to take office then who will take care of the arrangements? The High Court wants the government to remain in power in the province. Can the formula of acting Chief Minister be applied in Punjab? It is not possible for the former Chief Minister to be reinstated.

Justice Ijaz further remarked that if 25 members are expelled then how many members of PTI are in the assembly? If the Chief Minister does not have 186 votes, it is difficult to maintain at present. If the Chief Minister falls ill or goes out, who runs the province?

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