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PML-Q challenges LHC decision in Punjab CM election

PML-Q has filed an intra-court appeal against the decision of a single bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) to hold a session of the Punjab Assembly on April 16. The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) argues that it does not have the authority to intervene in matters affecting the assembly.

The intra-court appeal said that the single bench of the LHC did not listen to their arguments and that the single bench did not have the authority to proceed with the case. “The actions and powers of the assembly cannot be contested in court, and the plea filed by the PML-N was found to be unconstitutional,” the statement stated.

The PML-Q petitioned the LHC to declare the ruling of the single-judge panel null and void. 

According to the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision on Wednesday, Hamza Shehbaz’s petition for the holding of an early election for the office of Punjab’s chief minister was denied.

Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz of the PML-N had filed a plea in the high court requesting that the state’s chief ministerial election be held sooner rather than later. “The parties should carry out their constitutional responsibilities in an impartial manner,” Chief Justice LHC stated in a brief order on the subject.

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In addition, the high court reinstated the deputy speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari’s authority over his appeal against the revocation of his powers.

“There will be no tolerance for irresponsibility,” the court warned while ordering a free and fair election for the chief minister on April 16.

The court also ordered the Secretary of the Punjab Assembly to complete preparations for the election by April 15, according to the ruling.

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