ISLAMABAD: The Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz, the cccc and the Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb will all be the subject of a contempt of court petition before the Supreme Court on Thursday for allegedly threatening to have PTI MPAs vanish prior to the July 22 election for a new CM.
Parvez Elahi, the speaker of the Punjab Assembly, filed the petition. He cited a press conference held on Monday, July 18, during which Rana Sanaullah declared, “We would not let Elahi become the CM lightly. How will the PTI have its chief minister if five to seven PTI lawmakers don’t attend the (Punjab) assembly on the vote day (July 22)?A two-judge Supreme Court bench, comprised of Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Munib Akhtar, took up the plea on Wednesday. The court requested a transcript of the press conference from Mr. Elahi’s attorney Babar Awan shortly after the hearing began.
The Supreme Court’s ruling was followed by the counsel, and the top court made the decision to start hearing the case on Thursday (today).
In the lead-up to the July 22 election for the next head of the provincial government, Parvez Elahi, the petitioner, charged the respondents with breaking a July 1 Supreme Court order that Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz must remain within the bounds of the Constitution and the law “without incidence of harassing political opponents or witch-hunting.”
The petitioner stated that the PTI and its allies were in a position to form the provincial government because they had won a strong majority in the Punjab Assembly following the July 17 by-elections for 20 seats.
The PML-N is uneasy about the results, and its cadres “are now turning to illegal and unconstitutional measures.”