• Fri. Feb 3rd, 2023

PML-N withdraws no-trust motion against CM Parvez Elahi


Punjab Assembly building. —Punjab Assembly website
Punjab Assembly building. —Punjab Assembly website

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), terming the no-confidence motion against Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi unnecessary after his denotification, decided to withdraw it on Friday. 

“The no-trust move became ineffective as the governor has denotified the CM,” said PML-N leader Khalil Tahir Sandhu. 

Sandhu said that the no-trust move against the chief minister has been withdrawn, however, the ones against the Punjab Assembly speaker and deputy speaker are still pending. 

He added that they would accept whatever the court’s verdict is on Elahi’s petition regarding the governor’s action. He added that under the Supreme Court’s ruling, the governor can summon a session of the assembly whenever he wishes.

PML-N moved the no-confidence resolution against the chief minister days after Pakistan Tehkreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced that the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies would be dissolved on December 23 (today).

The joint opposition, PML-N and PPP, in the Punjab Assembly filed the no-trust motion as part of its strategy to counter the PTI move.

The document was submitted by PML-N’s lawmakers Mian Marghoob Ahmad, Khalil Tahir Sandhu and Khawaja Imran Nazeer. PPP’s parliamentary leader Hassan Murtaza accompanied the delegation.

Delay in CM’s denotification

Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman denotified Elahi in the wee hours of Friday, citing a failure to take the vote of confidence from the provincial assembly as the political turmoil in Pakistan’s largest province persists.

Sources told Geo News that the governor prepared the notification to denotify the chief minister on Thursday afternoon. However, the notification was delayed due to Punjab Chief Secretary Abdullah Sunbul.

Abdullah said he was in a cabinet session after being informed about the notification. Upon the second call, he said he wanted to consult legal experts regarding the notification.

The notification was finally issued after the chief secretary assented at 11:30 pm on Thursday.  



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