LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday declared election of Hamza Shahbaz as chief minister of Punjab as void, in a landmark verdict, ARY News reported.
A five-member larger bench of the high court, headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan, approved petitions against the incumbent chief minister, PML-N’s Hamza Shahbaz.
The bench has decided the case with 4-1 on the petitions challenging the election of Hamza on April 16. Justice Sajid Mehmood Sethi descented the majority verdict.
The high court has asked the Governor Punjab to summon a session of Punjab Assembly on July 1st (Friday). “The assembly members votes recounted minus 25 defecting members,” the court ordered.
“Hamza Shahbaz’s decisions as chief minister will not be void,” the court further declared.
The bench was hearing appeals of the PTI, PML-Q and Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Parvez Elahi against different single-bench decisions regarding the election and oath-taking of CM Hamza.