Punjab governor withdraws CM Parvez Elahi's de-notification order, LHC told

Punjab governor withdraws CM Parvez Elahi's de-notification order, LHC told

Lahore (Web Desk): The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday disposed of the petition after Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman retracted orders to de-notify Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi after the CM won vote-of confidence with the support of 186 members of the provincial assembly (MPAs).

During the hearing today, Governor Rehman’s lawyer Mansoor Awan told the bench that his counsel had revoked the Dec 22 notification. “He has received the report of the vote of confidence and has no objections to it,” he said.

The court remarked that with the governor’s decision, the crisis in Punjab was now resolved.

“You solved the matter in assembly. Courts should not be involved in political matters unnecessarily,” it added and disposed of Parpez Elahi’s petition.

Earlier, the LHC remarked that the political crisis in Punjab has been settled after Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi had “completed the floor test” in the provincial assembly on orders of Governor Balighur Rehman.

LHC judge Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh passed the remarks who was heading a five member bench, comprising Justice Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal, Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh, Justice Muzamil Akhtar Shabir, and Justice Asim Hafeez, heard the case.

Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi managed to secure the confidence of 186 members, in a session that began on Wednesday and ended in the early hours of Thursday.

Lawmakers sitting on the treasury benches entrusted their trust in Elahi, with the opposition boycotting the session in protest after tearing up the agenda copies.

A total of 186 MPAs voted in support of Elahi as the chief minister on a resolution moved by provincial ministers Mian Aslam Iqbal and Raja Basharat.

On Wednesday, the LHC adjourned Punjab CM Elahi’s case until Thursday.

During the hearing, the court remarked that the governor can determine the date of a vote of confidence he is seeking from the chief minister in an ongoing session.

Elahi had challenged Governor Baligh Ur Rehman’s order to de-notifying the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader as the Punjab chief minister.

The governor had de-notified CM Elahi last month after he failed to take a vote of confidence from the Punjab Assembly.