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Legal tangle over Pak PM son’s CM election

Hamza, son of Shehbaz Sharif, on Saturday took oath as chief minister of Punjab
Shehbaz Sharif
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PTI   |   Islamabad   |   Published 25.07.22, 02:38 AM

Pakistan’s ruling coalition has asked Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial to form a full bench of the Supreme Court to preside over the petition filed against the contentious re-election of Hamza Shehbaz as the chief minister of Punjab province, calling it an important national, political and constitutional matter.

Hamza, son of Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, on Saturday took oath as chief minister of Punjab, a day after he was re-elected to the post by just three votes amidst high drama when deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari rejected 10 crucial votes of his rival candidate Chaudhry Parvez Elahi.

In the 368-member Punjab Assembly, Hamza’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) received 179 votes, while Elahi’s party garnered 176 votes. Ten votes of Elahi’s Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) were not counted on the pretext that they had violated the orders of their party chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain.

Elahi, who was also backed by former Premier Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, later moved the Supreme Court, which allowed Hamza to remain as the “trustee” Punjab province chief minister till the hearing resumes on Monday but barred him from using his powers for “political gains” during this period.            

After the apex court’s decision, the ruling alliance issued a declaration asking Justice Bandial to constitute a full bench of the Supreme Court to hear the petition against Hamza’s election.



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