LHC Permits Suspended PML-N Mps To Vote On A No-Confidence Motion Against CM Elahi


In a momentous step, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday permitted the suspended Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MPs to attend the much-anticipated session of the Punjab Assembly with a vital no-confidence motion submitted by the joint opposition against Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.

In response to disruptive behaviour during a session on October 23, Speaker of the Punjab Legislature Sibtain Khan barred 18 members of the PML-N from entering the assembly.

Former Chief Minister of the Punjab Usman Buzdar was called on to move his motion, but opposition members raised a fuss because of the assembly’s order.

Following the speaker’s plea that the members not disrupt the house’s proceedings, the MPs began shouting slogans and making insulting statements about the PTI leadership and the chair.

Subsequently, the speaker used the authority conferred in him by rule 210 of the Assembly Rules and prohibited the legislators from attending the Assembly for 15 consecutive sittings.

The legislators contested the speaker’s ruling on October 23, a day after the no-trust resolution against the Punjab CM had been submitted.

The petitions were considered by a two-person LHC bench consisting of Justice Shahid Bilal and Justice Risal Hassan.

The petitioners asked the court to grant them access to the forthcoming, vital session of the provincial assembly on December 21 so that they may exercise their democratic right to vote.

Attorneys for PML-N legislator Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan contended during hearings that a lawmaker might be suspended for 15 days after receiving two warnings from the speaker.

The attorney stated that the legislators’ 15-session suspension was antithetical to the Constitution. However, the speaker’s lawyer deemed the application to be without merit.

The court quickly ruled that the temporarily expelled MPs may return to their voting privileges and participate in the next House session.

A few days after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s announcement that the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies would be dissolved on December 23, a motion of no-confidence was filed against the chief minister.


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