On Friday, against all odds, Hamza Shehbaz was re-elected as chief minister of Punjab by three votes after Deputy Speaker Dost Muhammad Mazari rejected all 10 votes cast by the PML-Q on the grounds that they had disobeyed the party leader. This was the ruling coalition in Punjab’s own “surprise.”
In accordance with the Pakistani Supreme Court’s directives, the Punjab Assembly held the run-off election for chief minister of Punjab on Friday.
Parvez Elahi had received 186 votes and Hamza Shehbaz received 179
After tallying the cast ballots, the deputy speaker declared that Parvez Elahi had received 186 votes and Hamza Shehbaz received 179. He did not, however, appoint Elahi as chief minister.
PML-Q members to vote for Hamza Shehbaz rather than Parvez Elahi
Instead, he suggested that Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain’s directive to PML-Q members to vote for Hamza Shehbaz rather than Parvez Elahi held more weight in his capacity as party leader.
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He called the house’s attention to a letter he claimed to have received from the patriarch of the Chaudhry clan, which allegedly contained instructions for all 10 party MPAs (including the candidate himself) to support PML-N candidate Hamza Shehbaz. He claimed to have personally called Mr. Shujaat to confirm the message’s details. Shujaat Hussain, who Mazari said had admitted writing the letter containing instructions to party MPAs three times, was contacted.
As a result of this discussion, he made the following statement: “I ignore all 10 votes cast by PML-Q MPAs as they disobeyed the party president’s directives, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s verdict.”
As a result of the 10 votes being taken away, Elahi’s total dropped to 176, while Hamza’s total stayed in the lead at 179, the deputy speaker then declared that Hamza Shehbaz had won the election for chief minister.