Will Pervaiz Elahi give in to Imran's PA dissolution plan?
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Usman Dil Muhammad
The political situation in Punjab is on the edge after the dust settles on the vote of confidence issue. All eyes are now at Pervaiz Elahi whether he will give in to PTI chief Imran Khan’s gimmicks who wants to dissolve the Punjab and KP assembles. So far, Pervaiz Elahi is not inclined towards the dissolution.
In this regard, senior journalist Mazhar Abbas has tweeted on the social networking website, in which he claimed that Fawad Chaudhry has confirmed that the Punjab Assembly will be dissolved by this evening.
On the other hand, sources claim that there is a deadlock between the PTI and the Q-League on the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly.
After 12 O'clock on Wednesday night, Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi had taken vote of confidence backed by 186 members and he is in now back in his post, but the PTI and the Q-League still could not come to the same page on the dissolution of the assembly.
According to sources, PTI wants immediate dissolution of Punjab Assembly. Pti's Fawad Chaudhry, Asad Umar, Aslam Iqbal and Sibtain Khan demanded the immediate dissolution of the Punjab Assembly, while Pervaiz Elahi wanted to complete his government's important projects by March, to pave the way for going to the public.
Sources said PTI Chairman Imran Khan will once again consult his party leadership in this regard, and Pervaiz Elahi will also attend this special meeting and will present his case.
Earlier, Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman has withdrawn his order to denotify Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi following he won a vote of confidence in the provincial assembly, the Lahore High Court was told.
The lawyer for the Punjab governor informed the Lahore High Court about the governor’s move as a five-judge larger bench heard a petition filed by Pervaiz Elahi challenging Balighur Rehman’s denotification order.
The court also declared null and void the notification issued by the Punjab chief secretary removing Pervaiz Elahi as leader of the house in provincial assembly
While the governor's counsel, Mansoor Usman Awan, also confirmed to the bench that the chief minister had taken the vote of confidence. “Is the governor satisfied with the vote of confidence?” asked Justice Abid Sheikh.
The LHC then took a break for 30 minutes. When the hearing resumed, the governor's lawyer requested the bench for more time to take instructions from his client. The bench approved the request and adjourned the hearing, once again.
Following the resumption of the hearing, governor’s lawyer Awan informed the bench that he had spoken to his client and he had confirmed the vote of confidence. “The governor has taken back the denotification order,” said the lawyer.
“You have resolved the matter within the assembly this is a good thing. Everything has happened according to the law and constitution,” remarked Justice Abid after hearing the governor’s lawyer. He added that they want minimum court intervention on such matters.
Talking to reporters after the hearing, Pervaiz Elahi’s lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar said that after the court’s verdict, the PML-Q leader was now restored as the CM. “The next step is dissolution which is a political matter and it has nothing to do with the court. Political leadership will decide about it,” he said.
Ali Zafar clarified that the undertaking signed by Pervaiz Elahi previously, in which he had assured the court that he won’t dissolve the Punjab Assembly, was an “interim order”. “The case has finally been decided and the undertaking is no more in place. The Constitution clearly says that the chief minister has the right to dissolve the assembly,” he added.