LHC to take up Sheikh Rashid's plea against Punjab CM on Feb3
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The Lahore High Court will take up the petition against the appointment of Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi on February 3
Justice Shahid Karim will hear the petition filed by Awami Muslim League Chief (AML) Sheikh Rashid Ahmed
The former interior minister requested the court that the appointment be declared illegal and the notification be set aside.
“Since the ECP and its members have violated the constitutional and statutory requirements vis-à-vis appointing the care-taker Chief Minister of Punjab; they be censored and be held guilty of violating their constitutional position and committing misconduct, as detailed above, hence, the same be declared to be partial and incapable to hold a free and fair election,” the court told.
The federal government, president, election commission, Parvez Elahi, Hamza Shehbaz, Punjab governor and CM have been made parties in the petition that is being taken up as an urgent case.
A couple of days ago, the Supreme Court rejected the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) plea challenging the appointment of Mohsin Naqvi as the chief minister of Punjab, citing a number of objections. Former federal minister Asad Umar filed the petition that also challenged the appointments of Raja Riaz as Opposition Leader in the National Assembly and members of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The SC registrar's office rejected the request as “not entertainable”, pointing out technical issues that nullify the petition. Reportedly, the first point of concern raised by the registrar’s office takes issue with the Article under which the petition was raised.