In a major development, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has allegedly stopped Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman from denotifying Chief Minister Parvez Elahi.
According to the details, PML-N held an important meeting at the Punjab Governor House to discuss the ongoing political development and PML-N’s course of action. However, during the meeting, PML-N’s legal team advised the party to refrain from denotifying CM Parvez Elahi as the matter can be challenged in court.
On the legal team’s recommendation, the prime minister has stopped the Punjab governor from denotifying CM Parvez Elahi for now and ordered more consultation on the matter.
On the other hand, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah claimed on Thursday that the constitutionally PML-Q leader Parvez Elahi was no longer the chief minister of Punjab.
“The Punjab governor had asked the chief minister to take a vote of confidence by yesterday, but he did not take it, so according to the constitution, Parvez Elahi is no longer the chief minister,” said Rana Sanaullah while talking to the media in Lahore.
The interior minister said that Governor Baligh Ur Rehman is using his powers under the Constitution, adding that whenever the orders [of de-notifying Parvez Elahi as chief minister] are issued by him, they will be implemented.
Reply to the Speaker’s ruling of yesterday, which was illegal and unconstitutional. pic.twitter.com/Akoen3s84Q
— M Baligh Ur Rehman (@MBalighurRehman) December 21, 2022
The political crisis in Punjab was triggered when PTI Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan announced the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly to make way for early elections. In a bid to prevent this from happening, the PDM coalition government sprang into action and decided to bring the no-confidence motion against Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi.
A separate no-trust motion was also submitted against PA Speaker Sibtain Khan and Deputy Speaker Wasiq Abbasi under Article 53 of the Constitution.
The crisis has deepened after the governor and PA speaker rejected each other’s rulings regarding the no-trust voting and summoning of a special session for a vote of confidence yesterday.