Punjab calls for SC action against dissident MPAs – Pakistan
LAHORE: The Punjab government maintains that the votes of dissident Pakistani MPs Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for the opposition candidate for chief minister will not be counted by the speaker of the assembly, while the Lahore High Court ordered the secretary of the assembly to open the office of the vice president.
Fayyazul Hassan Chohan, spokesperson for the government’s candidate for Punjab CM Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, claims that in the second round of elections, the leader of PML-Q would become the new chief minister. He alleged that PML-N leaders held PTI AMPs in a hotel and moved them to places after a few days like horses and cattle.
Speaking to the media at the Punjab Assembly on Monday, Mr Chohan said the opposition did not bring the dissident PTI MPs into the National Assembly Hall knowing full well that they would be disqualified for life. . However, MPAs elected on the PTI bat symbol would be required to vote for their candidate, he claimed.
Mr. Chohan urged higher courts to take suo motu action against the alleged trampling of Section 63A. It was of great concern that a party with 85 seats reached the Treasury benches, while one with 155 seats was sent to opposition, he said.
LHC directs PA secretary to open vice president’s office
He further maintained that the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Parvez Elahi, did no wrong and led the assembly effectively, adding that millions of people came out on Sunday evening to support former Prime Minister Imran. Khan.
At the time Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was due to be charged, he claimed, the Federal Investigation Agency was being used to clear his name from cases he was involved in.
Chohan also claimed that after Imran Khan’s withdrawal, overseas Pakistanis withdrew trillions of dollars from Roshan’s digital account, an allegation refuted by the State Bank of Pakistan later that day. The central bank, in a tweet, refuted “fake news on social media regarding large withdrawals from #RoshanDigitalAccount and slowing inflows”. So far in April, inflows are very strong at around $86 million and there are no abnormal outflows. Total inflows have now exceeded $4 billion.”
LHC command for PA
Meanwhile, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti on Monday ordered the Secretary of the Punjab Assembly to open the office of the Deputy Speaker. The Chief Justice issued the order on the petitions of Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz and Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari against the delay in conducting the Chief Minister election and the withdrawal of the powers of the president, respectively.
Earlier, Mr Mazari personally appeared in court on the instructions of the Chief Justice, explaining that what he had done was purely legal, but that his office had been closed on the instructions of the speaker.
Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi had withdrawn the powers vested in the vice president after Mazari issued a notification for the convening of a session of the Punjab Assembly on April 6 instead of the April 16 announced earlier.
PML-Q lawyer Amir Saeed Rawn alleged that the powers of the vice president were withdrawn for violation of laws and rules of the assembly. At that time, an attorney for the Vice President objected to the derogatory language used by PML-Q’s attorney.
Hamza’s lawyer, Azam Nazir Tarar, told the court that the post of chief minister became vacant after the resignation of Mr Usman Buzdar. He said President Parvez Elahi illegally adjourned the April 2 session of the assembly called to elect a new chief minister for April 6. The president later illegally adjourned the session again until April 16 despite an assurance given by the attorney general in the Supreme Court. that the election would take place at the earliest date.
Punjab Advocate General Ahmad Awais told the court that the session was adjourned due to rowdiness in the assembly. He said the opposition elected Hamza as chief minister in a mock session at a private hotel, saying the vice president chaired that session.
However, attorney Tarar quickly refuted the allegation and told the court that the vice president did not chair the mock session, adding that it was in fact a show of political power.
Chief Justice Bhatti asked the GA whether the session could be adjourned on the pretext of unrest if 10 people gathered outside the assembly.
Lawyer Syed Ali Zafar, the president’s lawyer, argued that the election of the new chief minister was not possible before April 16.
The Chief Justice observed that the court did not want to interfere unnecessarily in the affairs of the assembly. He observed that what happened at the assembly was not good for the image of the country. He ordered the parties to sit down with the GA and reach consensus on the date for the election of the chief minister.
As the Chief Justice resumed the hearing after a break at 2 p.m., the parties returned to court without any consensus.
The Chief Justice ordered the Vice President to come to his office with the Clerk of the LHC and the Secretary of the Punjab Assembly. The question relating to the powers of the vice-president will be decided at the next hearing on Tuesday (today).
Posted in Dawn, April 12, 2022