LHC to hear PTI intra-court plea against Hamza's oath-taking on Thursday

PTI files intra-court plea against LHC ruling on Hamza’s oath-taking

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Lahore: Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has filed an in-court defence against the Lahore High Court’s ruling instructing the Speaker of the National Assembly to take oath to CM-elect Hamza Shahbaz.

A petition filed by 17 PTI lawmakers argued that the police were allowed into the Punjab Parliament and encouraged the PTI MPA to oppose their party.

The petition further states that the court cannot interfere in parliamentary business and that the LHC’s 29 April verdict is unconstitutional.

PTI prays the court’s larger bench to invalidate the single-bench judgment.

Meanwhile, hours before the oath-taking ceremony of CM-elect Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Governor Omar Sarfaraz Cheema on Saturday rejected the resignation of Usman Buzdar.

Omar Sarafraz Cheema, in his letter to Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi, stated that the March 28 resignation letter of Usman Buzdar was not in accordance with the rules as it was addressed to the prime minister and not to the governor which was mandatory as per sub-section 8 of Article 130 of the Constitution.

“The resignation was not addressed to the governor which was unconstitutional and thus rejected,” Cheema stated.

Cheema has also asked President Arif Alvi to deploy Rangers and said that goons, with help of police personnel have taken control of the Governor House.

The Governor has told the President that hundreds of police personnel were sent to the House without his permission and no one is allowed to hold any ceremony today in the premises of the Governor House.

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