LAHORE: Following Lahore High Court (LHC) orders, Hamza Shehbaz Sharif Saturday was sworn in as the 21st Chief Minister of Punjab at a ceremony held at the Governor House, Punjab.
Hamza Shehbaz Sharif was administered the oath by National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Asharaf on LHC order after Punjab Governor Omar Cheema turned down the court’s suggestion and refused to administer the oath.
The oath-taking ceremony was attended by PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif and federal ministers including Rana Sanaullah, Musaddiq Malik, Azam Nazeer Tarar and others.
The chaos and court’s intervention
Hamza Shahbaz was elected as Punjab CM after he secured 197 votes following a chaotic session at the provincial assembly that saw Deputy Speaker Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari attacked and PML-Q leader Chaudhry Parvez Elahi get injured.
Hamza garnered 197 votes to beat Elahi — his rival, whose party PML-Q and ally PTI boycotted the election held on April 16.
On April 17, the Punjab governor cancelled the oath-taking ceremony due to the ruckus that took place in the assembly a day earlier during the CM election.
The Chief Minister Punjab-elect Hamza Shahbaz then approached Lahore High Court (LHC) back to back three times after Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema refused to administer oath to him citing several reasons.
Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti had directed Governor Punjab Omar Sarfraz Cheema to either administer oath to the Chief Minister Punjab-elect Hamza Shahbaz or appoint anyone for it.
The chief justice while announcing a reserved verdict over delay in oath taking of the newly elected chief minister directed the governor of Punjab to hold oath-taking ceremony by April 28.
Governor Punjab again refused to administer the oath and PML-N filed a third petition in LHC on Friday.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) yesterday announced its verdict on Hamza Shahbaz’s petition and directed the National Assembly (NA) Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to administer the oath to the Punjab Chief Minister-elect.
The high court ordered the NA speaker to administer the oath to the Punjab CM-elect Hamza Shahbaz on Saturday at 11:30 am.
Governor restores Buzdar as CM
Governor Punjab Omar Sarfraz Cheema on Saturday rejected resignation tendered from Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar and had written a letter to Speaker Punjab Assembly Parvez Elahi to convey the decision.
The speaker received the letter from governor Punjab which stated that the resignation did not fulfil requirements under sub-section 8 of Article 130 of the Constitution. “Usman Buzdar addressed prime minister in the letter which was unconstitutional,” he said.
Buzdar had tendered his resignation to former premier Imran on March 28 after a delegation of senior lawmakers had submitted a no-trust motion against him.
Former Punjab governor Chaudhry Sarwar had accepted his resignation following approval from then PM Imran Khan.