- It was the speaker who did not summon a new session: Parvez Elahi
- CM can’t be held accountable for the speaker’s actions: Petition
- Punjab Governor denotified Elahi in the early hours of Friday
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) will hear a petition filed by PML-Q leader Parvez Elahi challenging the denotification order of Punjab Governor Baligh Ur Rehman today.
A five-member bench headed by Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh has been formed by the LHC chief justice.
In the petition, Elahi has appealed to the court to declare the governor’s move denotifying him as chief minister.
It informs the court that the Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan was asked to summon a session for vote of confidence. It added that the speaker did not summon the session as one was already underway.
“No action can be taken against any chief minister over speaker’s actions,” maintains the petition.
Governor Rehman has been made respondent in the case via his principal secretary and chief secretary of the province.
Elahi should take vote of confidence
Special Assistant to Prime Minister Attaullah Tarar advised Elahi that rather than approaching the court he should have taken the vote of confidence.
“He (Elahi) has no other option but to take a vote of confidence. Even the court cannot finish the vote of confidence. This has to be done legally as well,” tweeted Tarar following the submission of the petition.
The PTI and PML-Q had already announced their intention to approach court over the governor’s move.
Elahi, who has been denotified from his position as chief minister of Punjab by Governor Balighur Rehman, had rejected the notification and made up his mind to move the court.
“I reject the de-notification. I am the Chief Minister of Punjab and the cabinet will continue to function,” Chaudhry Parvez Elahi said while talking to the media in Friday’s early hours.
Meanwhile, PTI senior leader Fawad Chaudhry believes that the governor’s action holds “no legal status”.
Taking to Twitter, Fawad said Parvez Elahi and the provincial cabinet will continue to perform their duties, and a reference will be sent to the president for the governor’s dismissal from his office.
Earlier this week, Governor Rehman had asked CM Elahi to take a vote of confidence from the Punjab Assembly.
The governor had asked Speaker Khan to summon a session on Wednesday at 4pm for Elahi to take a vote of confidence.
But defying the directives, Punjab Assembly speaker termed the order against the Constitution and adjourned an ongoing session till Friday.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which is in opposition in Punjab, had been stating that the failure to take the vote would force the governor to denotify Elahi as chief minister.
Consequently, Governor Rehman on Friday (today) issued the denotification order of Parvez Elahi as chief minister.
“Since CM has refrained from obtaining vote of confidence at the appointed day and time therefore he ceases to hold office. Orders issued this evening,” Rehman wrote on his Twitter handle, sharing a copy of the notification.
In the notification, the governor mentioned that despite an order issued for the CM to take a vote of confidence, he did not follow suit. Moreover, Elahi did not take the vote after 24 hours, the notification said.
“I am satisfied that he does not command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Punjab Assembly and therefore ceases to hold his office with immediate effect,” the notification stated.
The notification also mentioned that the provincial cabinet stands dissolved and the chief minister will continue performing his duties until a new person is elected to office.
Following the governor’s instruction, Chief Secretary of Punjab Abdullah Khan Sumbal also notified the dissolution of the provincial cabinet.
‘We are asking you politely to appoint AGP,’ SC to govt
- SC expresses displeasure over delay in AGP’s appointment.
- Justice Isa calls govt “incompetent”.
- Says govt violating Constitution by not appointing AGP.
The Supreme Court on Monday, while fuming over the delay in the attorney general of Pakistan’s (AGP) appointment, told the federal government to fill the constitutional post.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa gave remarks on the lack of assistance from the attorney general in a case related to tampered car.
“We are asking you politely to appoint the attorney general,” Justice Isa told the government during the hearing.
“Who is the attorney general in the country right now?” questioned Justice Isa.
At this, the deputy attorney general failed to give a satisfying answer.
“The government is so incompetent that it cannot even appoint an attorney general,” said the Supreme Court justice.
He questioned whether the government is bargaining with someone over the AGP’s appointment.
“The Supreme Court has 5,500 lawyers but the government cannot find a single one,” he added.
Justice Isa said that the government is violating the Constitution by not appointing the AGP, adding that the orders given by the apex court were not followed either.
The court said that the additional attorney general and the deputy attorney general are bound to take instructions from the AGP only.
“It is against the law for the deputy and additional attorney general to appear without instructions of the AGP,” the court added.
‘AGP to be finalised in 2-3 days’
On January 21, Federal Law Minister Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar said that the new attorney general will be finalized within two or three days.
The judiciary had expressed displeasure with the government for not appointing the AGP after former attorney general Ashtar Ausaf Ali tendered his resignation in October last year due to health reasons.
President Dr Arif Alvi approved the appointment of Mansoor Usman Awan, who is a Supreme Court lawyer, as the AGP on December 23 after accepting Ausaf’s resignation. However, he refused from taking charge.
“I am going to meet PM Shehbaz today (Saturday) and possibly the issue of appointing the new attorney general will be finalised within two or three days,” Tarar said.
He revealed that first Awan consented to be the attorney general but later he verbally and in writing refused to accept the office, citing his professional engagements.
“I can’t disclose the names of the new potential candidates, being nominated for the slot of attorney general but hopefully the prime minister will finalize the name within two to three days,” he told The News.
Here’s the list of PTI MNAs whose resignations have been accepted so far
National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Friday accepted the resignations of 35 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNAs taking the total number of resignations accepted in the last eight months to 81.
The National Assembly Secretariat, in a statement issued in this regard, mentioned that the resignations have been approved under Clause (1) of Article 64 of the Constitution of Pakistan.
Following the approval of the resignations, the summary was sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to de-notify the PTI lawmakers.
Here’s a list of all 35 MNAs whose resignations were accepted today:
- Dr Haider Ali Khan — NA-2
- Saleem Rehman — NA-3
- Sahibzada Sibghatullah — NA-5
- Mehboob Shah — NA-6
- Muhammad Bashir Khan — NA-7
- Junaid Akbar — NA-8
- Sher Akbar Khan —NA-9
- Ali Khan Jadoon —NA-16
- Engr Usman Khan Tarakai — NA-19
- Mujahid Ali — NA-20
- Arbab Amir Ayub — NA-28
- Sher Ali Arbab — NA-30
- Shahid Ahmed — NA-34
- Gul Dad Khan — NA-40
- Sajid Khan — NA-42
- Mohammad Iqbal Khan — NA-44
- Aamer Mehmood Kiani — NA-61
- Syed Faiz ul Hassan — NA-70
- Ch Shoukat Ali Bhatti — NA-87
- Umar Aslam Khan — NA-93
- Amjad Ali Khan — NA-96
- Khurram Shahzad — NA-107
- Faizullah — NA-109
- Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar — NA-135
- Syed Fakhar Imam — NA-150
- Zahoor Hussain Qureshi — NA-152
- Ibraheem Khan — NA-158
- Tahir Iqbal — NA-164
- Aurangzeb Khan Khichi — NA-165
- Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar — NA-177
- Abdul Majeed Khan — NA-187
- Andaleeb Abbas — RS-Women
- Asma Qadeer — RS-Women
- Maleeka Ali Bokhari — RS-Women
- Munawara Bibi Baloch — RS-Women
The NA speaker accepted 70 resignations this week, as he approved the resignations of 35 lawmakers earlier this week.
Here’s a list of all those 35 MNAs de-notified by the ECP:
- Murad Saeed — NA-04 Swat-III
- Omar Ayub Khan — NA-17 Haripur-I
- Asad Qaiser — NA-18 Swabi-I
- Pervaiz Khattak — NA-25 Nowshera-I
- Imran Khattak — NA-26 Nowshera-II
- Sheharyar Afridi — NA-32 Kohat
- Ali Amin Khan — NA-38 Dera Ismail Khan-I
- Noor-ul-Haq Qadri — NA-43 Khyber Agency Tribal Area-IV
- Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz — NA-52 ICT-I
- Ali Nawaz Awan — NA-53 ICT-II
- Asad Umar — NA-54 ICT-III
- Sadaqat Ali Khan — NA-57 Rawalpindi-I
- Ghulam Sarwar Khan — NA-59 Rawalpindi-III
- Sheikh Rashid Shafique — NA-60 Rawalpindi-IV
- Sheikh Rashid Ahmed — NA-62 Rawalpindi-VI
- Mansoor Hayat Khan — NA-63 Rawalpindi-VIII
- Fawad Ahmed — NA-67 Jehlum II
- M. Sanaullah Khan Mastikhel — NA-97 Bhakkar-II
- Muhammad Hammad Azhar — NA-126 Lahore IV
- Shafqat Mahmood Khan — NA-126 Lahore VIII
- Malik Muhammad Amir Dogar — NA-155 Multan-II
- Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Hussain Qureshi — NA-156 Multan-III
- Zartaj Gul — NA-191 DG Khan-III
- Faheem Khan — NA-241 Korangi Karachi III
- Saif Ur Rehman — NA-242 Karachi East-I
- Muhammad Alamgir Khan — NA-243 Karachi East-II
- Syed Ali Haider Zaidi — NA-244 Karachi East-III
- Aftab Hussain Saddique — NA-247 Karachi South-II
- Atta-Ullah — NA-250 Karachi West-III
- Aftab Jhangir — NA-252 Karachi West-V
- Muhammad Aslam Khan — NA-254 Karachi Central-II
- Muhammad Najeeb Haroon — NA-256 Karachi Central-IV
- Muhammad Qasim Khan Suri — NA-265 Quetta-II
- Aliya Hamza Malik — RS-Women
- Kanwal Shauzab — RS-Women
Earlier on July 28, 2022, the speaker approved the resignations of 11 PTI members under Article 64(1) of the Constitution of Pakistan.
According to the notification, the NA speaker accepted the resignations of the following members of the lower house last year:
- Ali Muhammad Khan — NA-11, Mardan-III
- Fazal Muhammad Khan — NA-24, Charsadda-II
- Shaukat Ali — NA-31, Peshawar-V
- Fakhar Zaman Khan — NA-45, Kurram-I
- Farrukh Habib — NA-108, Faisalabad-VIII
- Ijaz Ahmad Shah — NA-118, Nankana Sahib-II
- Jamil Ahmed Khan — NA-237, Malir-II
- Muhammad Akram Cheema — NA-239, Korangi Karachi-I
- Abdul Shakoor Shad — NA-246, Karachi South-I
- Shireen Mehrunnisa Mazari — Reserved Seat for Women (Punjab)
- Shandana Gulzar Khan — Reserved Seat for Women (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
NA speaker accepts resignations of 35 more PTI lawmakers
- Resignations accepted in accordance with Article 64 of Constitution.
- Summary sent to ECP to de-notify PTI lawmakers.
- Seventy PTI resignations have been accepted this week.
ISLAMABAD: The political uncertainty continues in Pakistan after the National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz on Friday accepted the resignations of 35 more Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNAs.
The PTI had resigned from the lower house of parliament after the ouster of PTI chief Imran Khan in April 2022.
According to a press release issued by the National Assembly Secretariat, the resignations were accepted in accordance with clause (1) of Article 64 of the Constitution and rules of procedure and conduct of Business in the NA.
“In accordance with clause (1) of Article 64 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, read with Rule 43 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly of Pakistan 2007, the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan has been pleased to accept the resignations of the following Members of the National Assembly with effect from April 11, 2022, the date when the letter of respective resignations was submitted,” said the statement.
The resignations had been accepted with effect from 11 April 2022, the date when the letters of respective resignations were submitted, said Radio Pakistan.
Following the approval of the resignations, the summary was sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to de-notify the PTI lawmakers.
Here’s the list of PTI lawmakers whose resignations have been accepted:
|01||Dr Haider Ali Khan||NA-2|
|05||Muhammad Bashir Khan||NA-7|
|07||Sher Akbar Khan||NA-9|
|08||Ali Khan Jadoon||NA-16|
|09||Engr Usman Khan Tarakai||NA-19|
|11||Arbab Amir Ayub||NA-28|
|12||Sher Ali Arbab||NA-30|
|14||Gul Dad Khan||NA-40|
|16||Mohammad Iqbal Khan||NA-44|
|17||Aamer Mehmood Kiani||NA-61|
|18||Syed Faiz ul Hassan||NA-70|
|19||Chaudhry Shoukat Ali Bhatti||NA-87|
|20||Umar Aslam Khan||NA-93|
|21||Amjad Ali Khan||NA-96|
|24||Malik Karamat Ali Khokhar||NA-135|
|25||Syed Fakhar Imam||NA-150|
|26||Zahoor Hussain Qureshi||NA-152|
|29||Aurangzeb Khan Khichi||NA-165|
|30||Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar||NA-177|
|31||Abdul Majeed Khan||NA-187|
|32||Andaleeb Abbas||Reserved seat|
|33||Asma Qadeer||Reserved seat|
|34||Maleeka Ali Bokhari||Reserved seat|
|35||Munawara Bibi Baloch||Reserved seat|
Earlier, Ashraf had stalled the process of accepting resignations after July 28 stating the remaining lawmakers would be summoned individually for verification.
However, contrary to his claims he quickened the process by accepting the resignations of 34 PTI MNAs and Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rashid earlier this week after an eight-month hiatus.
Soon after the PTI announced its return to the assembly and test the PM through a no-trust move, the government so far accepted 70 PTI resignations during the current week only.
Around 131 MNAs of the PTI had tendered their resignations en masse after Imran Khan’s government was ousted through a no-confidence motion in April last year.
By July 28, 2022, the NA speaker had accepted the resignations of only 11 PTI lawmakers.
PTI calls govt’s move ‘illegal and immoral’
Speaking to the media outside the Parliament House, senior PTI leaders said the speaker retracted from his old stance by accepting the resignations of 35 more PTI lawmakers today.
Asad Qaiser, Asad Umar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry and others termed the government’s move “illegal and immoral”.
Former National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser condemned the decision and revealed that Ashraf had called the PTI leaders to the assembly and told them that the resignations would not be accepted unless he had a word with the MNAs himself separately.
“Were those whose resignations were accepted called by the Speaker?”Qaiser asked.
Berating the speaker’s decision, PTI Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhry said now that 81 resignations were accepted, the government must also give a date for the general elections.
Expressing his displeasure over the decision, the PTI leader blamed Islamabad for the political and economic crises in the country.
“We are heading towards a Sri Lanka-like situation,” Chaudhry claimed.
PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the speaker first said that he cannot accept the resignations collectively.
“We decided to come to the meeting and he [the speaker] postponed it and when we came to the assembly, he accepted the resignations of 35 more MNAs,” said Qureshi, demanding that the rest of the resignations should also be accepted.
The party’s vice chairman said that the PTI wants snap polls so that the people can decide for themselves.