Hamza Shehbaz, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), will submit a plea in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking to be sworn in as the Chief Minister (CM) of Punjab.
According to the latest information, the appeal filed by Hamza Shehbaz has been joined by the Chief Secretary of Punjab and the Governor of Punjab.
In the petition, it was urged that the court direct that he be administered his oath as CM as soon as possible after his appointment.
The Prime Minister’s son, who was dissatisfied with the lengthy delay in his oath-taking, petitioned the court, claiming that former Chief Minister Usman Bazdar’s resignation had been accepted on April 1 and that the Chief Minister’s position had been vacant since that date.
In addition, the petition asserts that a constitutional crisis is being induced, which is in violation of parliamentary democracy and the spirit of the constitutional provisions.
Later, Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema declined to administer the oath to Hamza Shehbaz, claiming that the Punjab Assembly secretary’s report, the LHC’s directives, and “the facts submitted” to him had all raised questions regarding Shehbaz’s election as chief minister.
It is important to note that the Punjab Assembly (PA) on Saturday chose Hamza Shehbaz as the new chief minister of the province. Hamza Shehbaz was elected as the 21st Chief Minister of Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous state, by a margin of 197 votes.