Lahore High Court (LHC) has resumed hearing on the petition filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shahbaz which appeals against the concerned authorities for refusal to administer oath of the chief minister.
According to local media reports, Hamza’s lawyer argued that Punjab Governor Umer Sarfraz Cheema was not fulfilling his constitutional duties despite the fact that Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari had given the results of the chief minister’s election to him.
Chief Justice Ameer Bhatti remarked that the advocate general should take instructions on what the governor had to say on this case and report back to the court. The Lahore High Court then adjourned the case till tomorrow.
Earlier, the PML-N Punjab’s core committee held a meeting at party’s secretariat in Model Town on Monday to discuss the strategy regarding Hamza Shehbaz’s oath-taking.
The governor had stated that severe irregularities were found in the report submitted by Punjab Assembly secretary regarding the election process. “I’ll consult the advocate general and the Punjab Assembly speaker before administering oath to Hamza,” he said on Sunday.
The principal secretary to governor had also advised him to administer oath and warned that he may face contempt of court, but Cheema was still reluctant to fulfill his responsibilities.
The federal government has also moved a summary for the removal of the Punjab governor to the President House but Dr. Arif Alvi has advised Cheema to continue his office.