There was drama again in the politics of Pakistan. Imran Khan’s party Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was leading the coalition in the Punjab Provincial Assembly after the by-elections. But the post of Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz, son of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, has survived based on a letter from the leader of his partner party. News from Dawn and Geo News.
Punjab Provincial Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Mazari declared Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-A) candidate Hamza Shahbaz the winner by three votes. However, PTI has announced to go to the Supreme Court rejecting the results.
Terming the entire incident as a ‘circus’, PTI Chairman Imran Khan called upon party workers and supporters to hold a peaceful protest.
The council session was supposed to start at 4 pm local time on Friday to re-vote for the post of Chief Minister on the orders of the court. But the proceedings of the session started about three hours late.
PTI has fielded Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) ally Chowdhury Parvez Elahi for the post of Chief Minister. He got 186 votes. And PML-N candidate Hamza Shahbaz got 179 votes.
But citing Article 63 (A) of the Constitution, the Deputy Speaker canceled the vote of 10 members of the PML-Q party. As the reason, he claimed, PML-Q chief Chowdhury Sujat Hossain told him in a letter that he had instructed parliament members not to vote for any party.
PTI leader Raja Basharat disagreed with the Deputy Speaker. He said, PML-Q parliamentary leader Chowdhury Sajid. Therefore Article 63 (A) of the Constitution will not apply in this case. It is to be noted that the Supreme Court spoke of the ‘decision of the parliamentary party’ in the interpretation of this paragraph.
Basharat said, “All PML-Q members voted for Elahi as per Sajid’s instructions.” As a result, Sujat’s letter has no “value” here, he said. He said to the Deputy Speaker, “You have deprived the candidate of his rights.
According to your decision, the candidate himself does not even have the opportunity to vote.
The tension between the two escalated over the argument. Besides, PTI members refused to accept the decision of the Deputy Speaker. At one stage, the Deputy Speaker adjourned the session and asked PTI and PML-Q to “approach the court” with their objections.
PTI leader Asad Umar tweeted that his party will approach the Supreme Court soon after the Deputy Speaker’s announcement sparked controversy. Earlier, Election Commission declared PTI’s 20 seats vacant due to voting for PML-N candidate Hamza Shahbaz in the Chief Ministerial election.
PTI won all 15 of these constituencies last Sunday. PML-N won 4 seats.