As a result of his “failure” to win a vote of confidence, Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi is “no longer the chief minister of Punjab constitutionally,” Said the Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah.
The interior minister Rana Sanaulah told the media that “the Punjabi Chief Minister was no longer the Chief Minister since he was unable to win a vote of confidence.” He said this while talking with the media in Islamabad.
“Elahi no longer has the right to advise dissolving the Punjab assembly”, according to Sanaullah
The minister stated that as soon as the governor issues the notification, a notification denotifying the chief minister will be issued. The minister also stated that the governor has the option to write to the federal government if this constitutional decision is opposed and its implementation is stopped.
On December 19, Chief Minister Elahi received a directive from Governor Balighur Rehman to seek a vote of confidence on December 21.
The governor’s letter requesting that the chief minister seek a vote of confidence, was contrary to both the Assembly Rules and the Constitution, according to Speaker Sibtain Khan. Following Governor Rehman’s rejection of Speaker Sibtain’s decision, the province sank into even greater chaos.
The interior minister continued to outline the legal process by saying that, upon Cabinet agreement, the federal government might advise the president and impose governor control in the province.
Another possibility, Sanaullah continued, was for the parliament to adopt a resolution that would establish the governor rule for a period of two months.
The minister said, “After two months, another resolution can be passed and the governor’s control can be prolonged for six months.”
Sanaullah stated that it was a “absurd statement” in response to an inquiry on remarks made by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhary that Article 6 might be applied to the governor.
“That assertion is ludicrous. There is no issue of violating Article 6 [of the Constitution] or any other law if the Constitution grants the governor a right and the governor exercises it.
Sanaullah stated that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has yet to discuss a candidate’s name for the position of chief minister, but that Hamza Shehbaz would be the greatest choice.
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The minister further stated that there is no legal basis for the letter the PTI purportedly wrote to the president asking him to appoint a new governor.
The interior minister continued by saying that if a cabinet meeting occurs, it will be illegal because the chief minister was not given a vote of confidence. He also said that whenever the Punjab Assembly meets, the chief minister’s election will be the major item on the agenda.
Sanaullah argued that the party is also planning for Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan and that the administration is not avoiding elections but has in fact begun to prepare for them.
He added that the party had asked Nawaz to return prior to the polls, and Nawaz would announce a date of return on his own.