Supreme Court declares Mazari’s ruling null and void, dethrones Hamza as CM Punjab
The Supreme Court of Pakistan dethroned PML-N leader Hamza Shehbaz as Punjab CM on Tuesday after it declared the Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Dost Muhmmad Mazari’s ruling against the Constitution by 3-0. PMLQ-PTI joint candidate Chaudhry Pervez Elahi elected the new Punjab CM after Supreme Court’s verdict.
The 3-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, comprising Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar, gave a safe decision and the decision was started with the verse of the Holy Quran.
The 11-page summary judgment of the Supreme Court was delivered by the Chief Justice and it was said that the detailed judgment would be issued later.
The court said in the judgment that the petition of Pervez Elahi is accepted and the summary of judgment of the Supreme Court and the interpretation of Article 63A of the Constitution by the Deputy Speaker Dost Mazari was not constitutional and therefore it cannot be sustained.
In the decision, the ruling of Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly declared null and void and said that Parvez Elahi is the new Chief Minister of Punjab, adding that, Chief Secretary should issue a notification for the appointment of Pervez Elahi as the Chief Minister.
The Supreme Court said that the cabinet formed by Hamza Shehbaz has been dissolved and Pervaiz Elahi will take oath at 11:30 tonight.
In the decision, it has been directed that a copy of the court decision should be sent to the governor, if the governor refuses to take the oath, then the president should take the oath.
The Supreme Court has further said that all the advisers and assistants appointed by Hamza Shahbaz are also ordered to be dismissed.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had reserved the decision on the petition filed against the ruling of Deputy Speaker Dost Mazari regarding the election of the Chief Minister of Punjab.
After rejecting the coalition government’s petition for a full court bench day before yesterday, the Supreme Court yesterday again heard the petition related to the recent re-election of the Chief Minister of Punjab.
A 3-member bench consisting of Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar heard arguments on the ruling of Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Sardar Dost Muhammad Mazari, as a result of which Hamza Shahbaz was declared Punjab CM.