Elahi denotified as Punjab CM

Elahi denotified as Punjab CM

Governor says CM ‘refrained from obtaining the vote of confidence

ceased to hold office
Asks Elahi to stay until the successor appointed
Terming order ‘illegal’, Elahi vows to move court
Fawad says the reference is to be sent to the president for the governor’s ouster

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman sprang into action late on Thursday night and

denotified Chaudhry Parvez Elahi as chief minister of the largest province in a bid to forestall

ousted premier Imran Khan’s plan to dissolve the Punjab Assembly.

The development was immediately described as ‘illegal’ by Mr. Elahi,

who said he would move the court against the governor’s order on Friday (today).

PTI senior leader Fawad Chaudhry also termed the governor’s order illegal and said that

“a selected governor has denotified an elected chief minister”.

Sources said the governor was given the go-ahead to denotify Mr. Elahi following the failure

of PPP senior leader Asif Ali Zardari and PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain to woo

the PTI and PML-Q lawmakers in Punjab.

The governor in the order said: “Consequent to the facts that Ch. Parvez Elahi … refrained from obtaining the vote of confidence at 1600 hours yesterday (Wednesday), in line with an order under

Article 130(7) of the Constitution … issued under my hand on Dec 19, 2022, in line with

Rule 22(7) of the Rules of Procedure of the provincial assembly of Punjab, 1997, and that he still has not

of the majority of the members of the Punjab Assembly, and therefore ceases to hold his office with immediate effect.”

As a result, “the provincial cabinet stands dissolved forthwith”, he said.

In terms of Article 133 of the Constitution, Mr. Elahi, “former Punjab CM, is hereby asked

to continue to hold office until his successor enters upon the office of the chief minister”, the governor said.


it remains to be seen whether the governor’s late-night order will hold the field or not.

Earlier in the day, the constituent parties of the ruling coalition in the

Centre engaged in a lengthy huddle to decide whether Governor Rehman should be given the go-ahead to

denotify Mr. Elahi right away or wait till the PTI and PML-Q make their move in the face of the governor’s directive to the chief executive to seek a vote of confidence.

The coalition parties were of the view that they should stick to having the governor’s order implemented by forcing the chief minister to seek a vote of confidence.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, federal minister of the PML-Q (Shujaat group)

Tariq Bashir Cheema, PPP Sindh Minister Nasir Hussain Shah, and PM’s Special Assistant Malik Ahmad Khan were present at the meeting. Governor Rehman and the PML-N leaders also held separate meetings with legal experts in this regard.

Zardari’s efforts fail

“The PML-N and PPP are in no mood to push for their no-confidence motion against the chief minister in the Punjab Assembly,” a PML-N insider told Dawn after the meeting.

At present, we don’t have the 186 votes required to oust the chief minister, and efforts of PPP’s Asif Ali Zardari to coax at least six PML-Q lawmakers have yet to bear fruit, rather

he has failed. If the PA speaker adopts the no-trust motion, the PMLN and PPP are not ready to go for it.”

PM’s Special Assistant Attaullah Tarar told a private TV channel that after the expiry of the governor’s deadline to Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan, the governor had

decided to give some “more time” to him to implement the order regarding CM Elahi’s vote of confidence.

“As this matter eventually has to land in court, the governor was observing caution. Earlier, 48 hours were As the speaker did not ask CM Elahi to take a vote of confidence till Thursday, the governor decided to issue an order denotifying the chief minister.”

Speaker Sibtain Khan on Tuesday had disposed of the governor’s order for CM Elahi to obtain a vote of confidence from the house, terming it “against the Constitution and Rules of Procedure”.

Talking to reporters outside the Governor House earlier,

Rana Sanaullah said

Mr. Elahi had “constitutionally” ceased to be the chief minister after skipping the vote of confidence.

“CM Elahi now cannot advise dissolution of the Punjab Assembly after he did not obtain a vote of confidence on the governor’s order.

Hamza’s ‘mysterious’ absence

As the PML-N and PPP are busy making moves in Punjab to stop the provincial assembly’s dissolution, the opposition leader in the house, Hamza Shehbaz, is conspicuous by his absence. He traveled to London over a week ago and is expressing no interest in the province his party once ruled.

Since his defeat at the hands of Mr. Elahi in the chief minister’s election in July, Hamza has been away from any party activity.

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