LHC directs AG to get instructions from Punjab governor tomorrow

Dismisses plea to continue hearing of Hamza oath-taking case: PML-Q application to become party to case rejected

By: News Desk
Published: 10:50 AM, 21 Apr, 2022
LHC directs AG to get instructions from Punjab governor tomorrow
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The Lahore High Court has ordered the advocate general to get instructions from the Punjab governor and present the report to the court tomorrow while dismissing petitioner’s plea to continue hearing of the Hamza Shehbaz’s oath taking case, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti was hearing Punjab Chief Minister-elect Hamza’s case on Thursday. The court ordered the advocate general to seek instructions from Punjab Governor Umar Sarfraz Cheema who refused to take oath from Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shehbaz on the grounds that his election was disputed as per the report of Punjab assembly secretariat. The court directed the AG to present report tomorrow.

But the petitioner’s lawyer Ahson Bhoon Advocate pleaded with the court to continue hearing of the case after 1pm as additional advocate general was already present in the court. 

The chief justice was irked by the lawyer’s haste and told him off by saying ‘lawyers stay at home for 10 days and when they come here, they keep on insisting to decide the cases quickly’. 

Justice Bhatti told him that ‘courts follow a system and let the courts work as per their system’.

PML-Q petition reject

Lahore High Court (LHC) has rejected an application filed by PML-Q to become a party to the Hamza Shehbaz’s oath taking case. 

PML-Q General Secretary Kamil Ali Agha earlier submitted the petition, stating that PML-Q is also an affected party in Hamza oath-taking case. It says that ruckus broke out in the Punjab Assembly during the election of chief minister. Let the PML-Q become party to the case, the petition adds. 

However, LHC Chief Justice Ameer Bhatti rejected the PML-Q's application, declaring that the party has nothing to do with the oath-taking issue. "It's not this court's job to see what had happened inside the assembly and what had not," he remarked. 

The LHC CJ further maintained "All I have to look into is whether the deputy speaker had informed the governor about the oath or not."

Reporter Malik Ashraf