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Punjab Chief Minister election: All eyes on Supreme Court after Zardari turns tables on PTI

Lahore: Hamza Shehbaz on Friday retained the seat of Punjab chief minister after Deputy Speaker rejected PML-Q votes in voting for the leader of the house in the Punjab Assembly.

The votes were rejected under article 63 A of the constitution after PML-Q leader Chaudhry Shujaat wrote a letter the speaker telling him that he had directed his MPAs to vote for Hamza Shehbaz instead of Pervez Elahi.

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain’s letter to Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly

The PTI has approached the Supreme Court which was due to open proceedings in its Lahore Registry.

Earlier, Monis Elahi admitted that Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has refused to back Imran Khan’s candidate in the Punjab chief minister’s election.

His statement came after voting for the election of the Punjab chief minister was delayed on Friday.

Legal experts are of the view that Shujaat Hussain’s instructions to his MPAs are against the constitution because it is parliamentary leader who is entitled to take decisions.

Several journalists claimed that Pervez Elahi could be PDM’s joint candidate for Punjab chief minister.

The Punjab Assembly proceedings began at voting which was due to begin at 7:00 pm after three-hour delay.

Maryam Nawaz’s tweet suggested that her party was not willing to concede defeat.

Hamza Shehbaz and Pervez Elahi were contesting the election which is likely to be won by the PML-Q leader, who is backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

PTI leader Shireen Mazari claimed that military commanders conference chaired by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee on Friday could also impact the political landscape.

PTI opponents taunted the party which had objected to the opening of the courts in the middle of the night on April 9 when Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri had rejected a no-confidence motion against former prime minister Imran Khan.

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