LHC adjourns hearing of Punjab CM election case till 2pm

LAHORE:The Lahore High Court (LHC) adjourned the hearing of the case relating to the election of the Punjab Chief Minister till 2pm on Monday (today), summoning the lawyers for both parties with further arguments.

“Tell me why these elections are to be held on 16th? Why can’t they be held tomorrow?” LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti put a question to the lawyer for Punjab Assembly Speaker Ali Zafar.

“Due to a brawl on the assembly premises, the date for the election of the Punjab chief minister has been extended,” the lawyer answered. “The Supreme Court had said we will not interfere in the affairs of the province,” said Azam Nazir Tarar, lawyer for Hamza Shehbaz.

“My point in this case is that the Chief Minister should be elected soon,” remarked the LHC chief justice. “You yourself should see that these rules have been made for a purpose. The court will not consider it appropriate if you do not recognize these rules,” he added.

“I have seen the entire proceedings of the National Assembly. Action was also taken in the National Assembly according to the rules,” stated the chief justice. The Punjab advocate general adopted before the court that the united opposition had summoned a meeting on April 6 in the Faletti’s Hotel.

“This meeting of the opposition was also attended by Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari,” he said. “The deputy speaker was not present in the meeting. It was a political meeting,” responded Azam Nazir Tarar Advocate.

The chief justice also inquired from the Punjab advocate general about his appearance and statement in the Supreme Court, and what order the Supreme Court gave on his statement. On the occasion, a heated argument took place between Ali Zafar and Azam Nazir Tarar. “Do not argue with each other,” the chief justice asked both of them.