Parvez Elahi ‘Denotified’ As Punjab Chief Minister

Parvez Elahi

Governor of Punjab

Parvez Elahi has been ‘denotified’ as the Chief Minister of Punjab. The Governor of Punjab, Balighur Rehman, denotified him in order to prevent ousted premier Imran Khan’s plan to dissolve the Punjab Assembly.

However, Elahi said that he would move to the court to appeal against the governor’s order on Friday. PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) senior leader Fawad Chaudhry also described the governor’s order as illegal.

He reportedly said, “A selected governor has denotified an elected chief minister.” 

Punjab Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal

Punjab Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal also issued an order to denotify Elahi as Punjab Chief Minister for not complying with his order to obtain the vote of confidence.

After the governor and the chief secretary’s notifications, Elahi attended the emergency meeting. He talked with the advocate general of Punjab, Speaker Sibtain Khan, Moonis Elahi and Law Minister Basharat Raja.

Elahi Ceased to Hold Office

The governor said that Elahi ceased to hold office. However, he said that Elahi can continue working as chief minister until his successor takes charge.

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According to media reports and various sources, PPP senior leader Asif Ali Zardari and PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain failed to impress the PTI and PML-Q lawmakers in Punjab. Subsequently, the governor denotified Elahi.

Minister for the Interior of Pakistan

Earlier, Rana Sanaullah Khan, the Minister for the Interior of Pakistan, said that if Elahi does not obtain a vote of confidence on Wednesday, he would not be able to be the chief executive of the Punjab province of Pakistan.

When former Prime Minister Khan announced that his governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces would dissolve their provincial assemblies on December 23, the opposition leaders submitted the no-trust motion against Elahi. 

Lahore High Court

Today, Elahi filed a petition in the Lahore High Court, challenging the order issued by the Governor. He termed the governor’s order as “unconstitutional, unlawful and of no legal effect.”

According to PTI, Punjab has seen political instability since the ouster of  Khan.

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