Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz’s fate hanged in balance as the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday adjourned the hearing on the petitions filed by the PTI and PML-Q — challenging his election at CM till tomorrow.
A larger bench of the LHC— headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan — comprised Justice Shahid Jamil, Justice Shehram Sarwar, Justice Sajid Mehmood Sethi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh resumed hearing of the petitions.
In a major development, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday ordered recounting of the votes of Punjab chief minister"s election excluding the votes of 25 PTI dissidents, while announcing the verdict on the party"s pleas challenging Hamza Shahbaz"s election to the CM slot.
A five-member larger bench of the LHC, headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan, and comprising Justice Shahid Jamil, Justice Shehram Sarwar, Justice Sajid Mehmood Sethi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh announced the verdict while accepting the party"s pleas against Hamza"s election as CM on Thursday.
n a split decision, four judges — Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan, and comprising Justice Shahid Jamil, Justice Shehram Sarwar— accepted the pleas while Justice Sethi raised some objections. Meanwhile, the court disposed off PML-Q"s pleas.
PTI had filed five separate pleas challenging the conduct of Punjab Assembly on April 16, alongside Hamza"s election.
For several weeks, the issue of the Punjab CM election has been a source of a constitutional crisis.