Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Hamza Shehbaz will take the oath of Punjab CM today

According to Governor House sources, Punjab’s Chief Minister (CM) Hamza Shehbaz will take the oath of office today.

According to reports at the Governor’s Office, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani will administer the oath of office to newly elected chief minister Hamza Shehbaz.

According to sources, the oath-taking ceremony will take place at Darbar Hall in the Governor’s House, and preparations for the ceremony have already begun. 

The ceremony is expected to be attended by Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Meanwhile, Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema is ill and has been admitted to Lahore’s Services Hospital for medical treatment. The governor has complained of diarrhea and is currently receiving treatment at the hospital, according to the medical facility’s manager of records.

In a ruling issued on Friday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered President Arif Alvi to appoint another official to give the oath to Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shehbaz after Governor Omar Sarfraz refused to administer the oath.

After ruling that the governor could not refuse to give the oath to the chief minister-elect, the court further decided that the president should choose a different person to deliver the oath to Hamza Shehbaz.

The court further ordered that a copy of the ruling be sent to the president in order for the directives to be implemented within 24 hours.

The  PML-N had approached the LHC in an attempt to get the governor of Punjab to administer the Chief Minister’s oath to Hamza Shahbaz, the newly elected chief executive of the province.

Hamza Shahbaz claimed that he had been elected as Punjab chief minister on April 16, during a provincial assembly session held under the direction of the LHC, and that he had received 197 votes out of 371 votes cast in the election.

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It was he who reiterated that he had won the contest by a simple majority, and the Acting Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari then handed over copies of the results to Punjab Governor Omer Sarfraz Cheema in order to fulfill the rules’ requirement of swearing-in.

The petitioner claimed, however, that the governor had expressed reluctance to deliver the oath on his behalf.

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