PTI leader and former information minister Fawad Chaudhry on Wednesday said Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf had decided to challenge the election of Hamza Shehbaz as Punjab’s chief minister to the Lahore High Court (LHC), accusing him of “illegally occupying the provincial high office”.
Speaking to the media in Lahore, Fawad said a quo-warranto application (request for the authority of the head of public office) would be lodged with the LHC on Thursday “and the court will be asked to remove Hamza as provincial governor and order.
The PTI leader urged the court to take up the petition and conduct daily interviews, saying “we all know that courts are open 24 hours a day.”
The former minister said the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly could issue a notice, but the party decided to accept a formal way of appealing his case.
“Instead of an administrative action, we decided to go to court and ask him to fire the illegal minister.
He reiterated the need for PTI for the government to hold early elections, stressing that it was the only solution to the political crisis.
Fawad said the president could also ask Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to hold a motion of no-confidence motion, as the coalition government now allegedly does not have the required 172 votes in the lower house of parliament to form or maintain the government.
The PTI leader was of the opinion that the country was suffering after Imran was sent to pack under “international demand”, leaving the country’s economy in shambles, with the dollar reaching R200 points.
“Whoever is elected as the new prime minister will have to come close to dissolving the assembly,” he said.
Responding to a question, Fawad said he was not sure if the establishment was forcing the government to hold early elections. “But any patriotic Pakistan can feel the damage of the country, and a quick election is the only solution.”
He said the government should hold elections in September.
The Punjab government is going nowhere: Tarar
Meanwhile, PML-N leader Ataullah Tarar dismissed the debate over the Punjab government’s departure as “baseless rumors”. “Those who make such claims will have to prove everything,” he added.
He quoted the PTI lawyer as telling the ECP at a hearing that the party had asked members of the legislature at a meeting on April 1 to vote for Pervez Elahi. “In response, our lawyer requested a written affidavit from Imran that the alleged meeting had indeed taken place.
Tarar said the record of the meeting could have been verified on CCTV footage, but said there was no evidence.
He said the PTI later withdrew its statement and instead said it was a parliamentary meeting where such directives were issued.
“The case is open and closed and we have nothing to worry about,” Tarar said as he urged the current Punjab government to continue as he has “so much”.