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Punjab-CM elect Hamza moves LHC seeking oath administration via court nominee

Hamza Shehbaz said governor Punjab, president guided by whims and fantasies, not law and constitution

Punjab Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shehbaz has moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday, pursuing the administration of oath to him by “a person nominated by the court” due to the “defiant attitude” of President Arif Alvi and the Punjab governor, Omar Sarfraz Cheema.

This is the third time that Hamza – who was elected as Punjab’s chief minister on April 16 – has requested LHC’s intervention regarding his oath-taking process as the Punjab governor continues to refrain from administering oath to him. Cheema has questioned the validity of Hamza’s election, and President Alvi is yet to nominate someone else to complete the task.

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In a petition filed on Friday, Hamza argued that the governor and president had proven to be “guided by whims and fantasies instead of law and Constitution” by refusing to abide by the court’s orders.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader had first approached the court after Cheema refused to administer oath to him. After hearing the arguments, the court had instructed President Alvi to appoint a representative to administer the oath in the absence of the governor.

In the third petition submitted today, the CM-elect said: “No heed has been paid to the direction issued by the Constitutional Court and the Governor and President are harping on the same looney tunes of their purported notions which have already been condemned and deprecated as transgression of constitutional mandate.”

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The petition said that action of the president and government were “contemptuous and treasonous” as they suspended the constitutional provisions and mandate via unconstitutional means.

Hamza also highlighted that Punjab had been functioning without an active government for nearly a month and urged the court to “end the constitutional crisis”.

Hamza’s petition was later fixed for hearing and will be taken by Justice Jawad Hassan.

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