LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi was reinstated by the Lahore High Court on Saturday, and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) decided to contest this ruling.
The LHC had, a day earlier, restored the provincial administration and Elahi as the chief minister after the latter assured the court that he wouldn’t dissolve the Punjab Assembly if he recovered control of the post.
During a meeting between party leaders in the Punjab Assembly and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif at the latter’s Lahore residence, according to sources, the incident took place. Tariq Bashir Cheema, the head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ), was also present at the high-level meeting when it was decided to contest CM Elahi’s reinstatement.
It was discovered through sources that the PMLN’s attorneys had also drafted the petition that would be sent to the Supreme Court in opposition to the LHC’s ruling.
The federal government demanded that the country’s top court take note of the current unrest in Punjab earlier on Saturday and claimed that the LHC’s judgment did not follow the law.
Khawaja Saad Rafique, Rana Sanaullah, and Tariq Bashir Cheema, federal ministers, had earlier in the day asked the supreme court to take suo moto notice of the deteriorating political situation in Punjab, including the restoration of the chief minister.