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LHC issues notice to Hamza Shahbaz on petition challenging his election as CM

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday issued notices to CM Punjab Hamza Shahbaz and other respondents on petitions against CM election. The court admitted the petitions for regular hearings and issued notices to all the respondents for May 25. The court also issued notices on a similar petition filed by senior lawyer Mushtaq Ahmad Mohal requesting to seek an explanation from Hamza Shahbaz under what authority he was holding the office of the chief minister.

The court further directed the lawyers of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and PML-Q to assist in the retrospective effect of the Supreme Court’s opinion on the votes of defectors. Petitioner’s counsel, Barrister Ali Zafar said that the respondent chief minister lost majority after the interoperation of Article 63A of the Constitution by the Supreme Court. He submitted that the election conducted by the Punjab Assembly deputy speaker was in line with the orders passed by the high court.

He submitted that the session of the assembly was held after the severe thrashing of the members of PTI and PML-Q wherein Chaudhry Pervez Elahi, the candidate for the chief minister’s office, was also roughed up and injured. He said that the impugned election in its entirety was a sham and a mockery. He asserted that Hamza Shahbaz was declared a returned candidate by obtaining the highest votes, including 25 from defectors. He argued that the election of the respondent was liable to be declared unlawful in view of the opinion given by the apex court about the votes of the defectors. He requested a fresh election for the post of chief minister in the province.

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