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Decision to denotify CM Parvez Elahi: Ruling coalition starts consultation

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  • Atta Tarar asks Parvez Elahi to resign from post. 
  • Says Punjab governor won’t take any illegal step. 
  • PML-N starts consultations with its allies at Governor House.

The ruling coalition has decided to de-notify Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi and a notification in this regard may be issued at any time, Geo News reported Thursday.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has started consultations with its allies at the Governor House as part of their plan to forestall the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly as announced by Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan.

Khan had announced on December 17 that the assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be dissolved on December 23, as he demanded that the federal government set a date for general elections.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Attaullah Tarar claimed that CM Elahi has lost the majority in the provincial assembly. 

“If he has the support of 187 members, why is he reluctant to take the vote of confidence?” the PML-N leader asked while speaking to the media outside the governor’s house in Lahore.

The PML-N leader said that he was unable to understand why CM Elahi was not taking the vote of confidence.

It is being reported that the PTI will write to the president in response to the governor’s unconstitutional actions, he said. However, he continued, the president has no authority to remove the governor.

Tarar said that the constitution is being violated.

Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman, exercising constitutional authority, asked the chief minister to take a vote of confidence during the current session of the provincial assembly, he said. He said the governor asked the CM to take a confidence vote for legal reasons.

The PML-N leader said that one of the reasons is that there are constant wrangling’s among the chief minister’s cabinet, with MPAs resigning.

The situation is that a member has been added to the cabinet, but PTI chief Imran Khan says he is unaware of the development, he said.

The Punjab Governor is neither willing to take any illegal step nor will he do so, Tarar assured. The Constitution of Pakistan stipulates that if a chief minister does not take the vote of confidence at the designated time, he shall be de-notified, he explained.

Now, the governor will decide when to de-notify the chief minister, he said.

Atta Tarar said that CM Elahi should resign from his post as he no longer enjoys the majority of the house. 

PA Speaker’s ruling unconstitutional: Governor 

Earlier in the day, Balighur Rehman declared Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan’s ruling unconstitutional and illegal.

Rehman had summoned a session on Wednesday at 4pm for CM Elahi to take a vote of confidence. However, defying his directives, the PA speaker termed the order unconstitutional and adjourned an ongoing session till Friday.

The governor issued the directives under Article 130’s section 7, stating that it is the speaker’s responsibility to defend the Constitution and uphold the law.

“When discharging constitutional responsibility, the speaker shouldn’t consider personal preference. He is bound to honestly and impartially fulfill his duties,” the governor wrote in his reference to the speaker.

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Bushra Bibi challenges the Nikah case’s verdict in court.

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According to specifics, Bushra Bibi’s attorney, Khalid Yousaf Chaudhry, entered a plea on her behalf, requesting that the trial court’s decision from February 3 be deemed invalid.

Salman Akram Raja, Salman Safdar, and other individuals will also be parties in this action, while Bushra Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka and the federal government have been named respondents in the plea.

According to the plea, the former first lady went to her mother’s house in August 2017 after divorcing in April.

Furthermore, the ruling is unlawful, immoral, and un-Islamic because the matter pertaining to Bushra Bibi and Khan’s nikah was outside the court’s jurisdiction.

In a case concerning their marriage during the latter’s Iddat era, a court in Islamabad earlier this year condemned former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi to seven years in prison apiece.

The decision on the lawsuit submitted by Bushra’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka in a temporary court at Adiala jail was announced by senior civil judge Qudratullah. The pair was also fined Rs 500,000 apiece by the court.

Bushra Bibi and Imran Khan’s marriage
In February 2018, the former prime minister married Bushra Bibi in Lahore.

Only the bride’s mother and other close relatives and friends were present for the ceremony. The sisters of the PTI founder, however, were not present.

Former SAPM Zulfi Bukhari and Awn Chaudhary, leaders of the Pakitan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), were present when Mufti Saeed conducted the nikah.

Bibi’s ex-husband Khawar Maneka had petitioned the court last year, arguing that the marriage was unlawful and in violation of Sharia law.

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Excuses from Adiala Jail to let Imran’s spouse Bushra due to security concerns

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Bushra Bibi’s appeal was heard by Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb; however, the Adiala Jail administration denied Bushra Bibi’s request to be transferred to the jail on Thursday. Superintendent Adiala Jail filed his report with the court.

Bushra Bibi’s attorney, Usman Gul, arrived in court.

The jail supervisor stated that there is not enough room for extra female inmates at the jail—250 women are now incarcerated—and that Bushra Bibi cannot be sent there for security concerns.

The Chief Commissioner of Islamabad has not yet responded.

To give time to respond, the prosecutor asked for it. The plea was accepted by the court, and the hearing was postponed for two weeks.

Bushra Bibi, the spouse of Maulvi Khan, was taken into custody by the women’s police from Adiala jail after she made a request over the Toshkahana reference case.

In December 2023, Bushra Bibi, the wife of former prime minister Imran Khan, received a final call-up notice from the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) requiring her to appear before the Rawalpindi office in Islamabad on December 11 in relation to the Toshakhana case.

According to the notice, Bushra Bibi accepted presents from foreign dignitaries totaling millions of rupees while Imran Khan was prime minister, going against the protocol that is in place for managing such gifts.

She maintained two rings, a set of bracelets, a pair of earrings, and a locket with chain in 2019, according to NAB.

She kept a ring, earrings, bracelet, necklace, and ring in 2020.

She reportedly disregarded the legal need to deposit a wristwatch, earrings, rings, and a necklace with chain that she got in 2021 in the Toshakhana.

Along with the previously stated materials, the anti-graft committee has asked Bushra Bibi to come before them in order to address any queries and offer clarifications on the subject.

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Cabinet meeting to be called by interim prime minister today

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The caretaker federal cabinet will convene today under the direction of caretaker Prime Minister (PM) Anwarul Haq Kakar.

Today at noon, the supervisory federal cabinet will begin its meeting, during which the state of the nation will be examined.

In addition to discussing the nation’s economic and security conditions, the Cabinet will extend the DG Financial Monitoring’s mandate by a year.

The permission of hiring a drug inspector will be discussed during the cabinet meeting, along with the ratification of the rulings made by the Cabinet Committee for the Disposal of Legislative Cases (CCLC) and the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC).

Prior to this, the status of the civilian intelligence organisation Intelligence Bureau (IB) was altered by Caretaker Prime Minister Kakar.

The announcement states that the IB’s status was upgraded from bureaucracy to division by the acting prime minister. Director General (DG) IB Fawad Asadullah made particular efforts to ratify the change of status.

The Intelligence Bureau was divided into a division with the agreement of the acting prime minister. This move was made to streamline the bureau’s financial and administrative operations.

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