Pakistan’s top court in a historic verdict declared the ruling of Punjab Deputy speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari null and void and ordered that Chaudhry Pervez Elahi be elected the new Punjab chief minister.
The top court, in its short order, declared all the appointments made by Hamza Shehbaz Sharif “illegal” and told the members of his cabinet to vacate their offices. All of the advisers and assistants appointed by Hamza were also ordered to be relieved of their duties. PTI considered it a big victory.
The top court ordered the issuance of Elahi’s notification as the new Punjab chief minister immediately, also instructing the governor to take his oath at 11:30 pm tonight. In case the governor does not administer the oath to Elahi, President Dr. Arif Alvi can do so instead, the court ruled.