LHC directs administration of oath to CM-elect Hamza by April 28

LHC directs administration of oath to CM-elect Hamza by April 28

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Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) will be sworn in on Wednesday to elect the chief minister of Punjab Hamza Shahbaz by April 28.

In announcing the judgment, the High Court added that the Punjab governor should ensure that the administration of the oath of the Punjab Chief Minister, whether by himself or through his nominee, is completed on or before under Section 255 of the Constitution. April 28, 2022.

Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti declared that there is no gap or space in the constitution that could lead to any delay in the administration of the oath, while Punjab has operated without a functioning government for the past 25 days.

The verdicts adds that the oath of the CM-elect is being delayed on one pretext or the other, which is not only against democratic norms but also against the scheme of the constitution.

“Moreover, President of Pakistan, who is also under constitutional obligation to facilitate the expeditious administration of oath of Prime Minister or Chief Minister in any province, hence is suggested to play his role mandated by the constitution/law, ensuring a functional Provincial Government in Punjab.”

The court also directed to transmit the order through fax immediately to the offices of the Governor and President for its placement before them, today.

It merits mention that Hamza was elected as Punjab’s chief minister on April 16. However, he hasn’t sworn in yet as his oath-taking was deferred twice despite the LHC’s directives for not delaying the matter any further.

The LHC reserved the verdict on Hamza’s plea on Tuesday, which is the second time PML-N has reached out to the high court for the resolution of the matter.

Earlier, on April 22, the LHC, in a petition of Hamza, ruled that the governor could not refuse oath to a newly-elected chief minister of a province and expected that the president would nominate any person to administer oath to Hamza Shehbaz without a delay.

In his fresh petition, Hamza said it was evident that the governor and the president were not ready to obey the court order, therefore, it was imperative that a person be nominated by the court in order to protect the Constitution and to enforce its provisions with full force.

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