LHC permits 18 PML-N suspended MPAs to attend the Punjab Assembly session:
LHC permits 18 PML-N suspended MPAs to attend the Punjab Assembly session
LAHORE: In a major development, the Lahore High Court today allowed 18 suspended MPAs of the PML-N to attend the session of the Punjab Assembly.
The court gave the order on Tuesday, a day ahead of the coalition government’s decision to table a no-confidence move against Punjab Chief Minister tomorrow (Wednesday/Dec 21).
The suspended PML-N MPAs had challenged the decision of the PA Speaker in the Lahore High Court.
After LHC’s verdict, now 18 suspended MPAs belonging to PML-N can now attend the session of the Punjab Assembly.
They will also be able to cast their votes in case the no-trust move is organized against Punjab chief minister Pervez Elahi tomorrow.
As per the opposition’s decision, the coalition parties in the Punjab Assembly will submit a no-trust move against Punjab Chief Minister on Wednesday at 4 pm.
The no-confidence move is being held two days ahead of former prime minister and PTI chief Imran Khan’s decision of dissolving the Punjab and KP assemblies on Friday (Dec 23).
Importantly, Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi suspended the memberships of 18 PML-N MPAs (before becoming chief minister).
The suspected MPAs were found guilty of ruckus in the assembly when the PTI tabled a resolution against the Toshakhana reference decision which led to the disqualification of ex-prime minister Imran Khan. MPAs Azma Bokhari, Rahila Khadim, Mian Abdul Rauf, Samiullah Khan and others were amongst the suspended members of the provincial assembly.
For 15 days, the suspended MPAs were banned from entering the Punjab Assembly.
The notification issued by Punjab Assembly Secretariat, citing the reasons behind the suspension, read the member’s protests and chanted slogans in the legislature which falls in misconduct. Hence, the speaker of the house resorted to action against them.