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Pervez Elahi challenges in LHC his denotification, vows to continue as chief minister

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Chaudhry Pervez Elahi has challenged in the Lahore High Court his denotification on Friday morning.

In his petition, Pervez Elahi urged the Lahore High Court to declare unlawful the denotification order of Governor of Punjab.

Elahi also vowed to continue to work as chief minister along with the same cabinet.

Chaudhry Pervez Elahi told media that the Governor Punjab was not authorised to denotify him as chief minister and that he would not accept the order of Balighur Rahman.

Earlier, Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman de-notified Chaudhry Parvez Elahi as chief minister after midnight on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a deputy secretary also issued notification, dissolving the cabinet of the Punjab on Friday morning.

On Monday, Governor Punjab had ordered chief minister Pervez Elahi to take a vote of confidence from Punjab Assembly by 4pm on Wednesday (Dec 21), but on Dec 20, Speaker of the Punjab Assembly adjourned the session of the provincial assembly.

PA Speaker also disregarded order of the Punjab Governor, terming it unlawful and a violation of constitution.

According to Punjab Governor’s notification, chief minister Punjab has ceased to hold office with immediate effect. Here is the copy of the order of Punjab Governor.

The adjournment was viewed by the ruling PDM as a deliberate attempt to skip the vote, leading to frenzied speculation and warnings from federal government ministers like Rana Sanaullah that Elahi would be de-notified.

After the anticipation of a day and a half, the order of Elahi’s de-notification was made public a little after midnight, even though the document stated that it was prepared at 4pm on Thursday

The notification stated that since Elahi had “refrained from obtaining vote of confidence” by 4pm on Wednesday, and “did not do so even after the lapse of another 24 hours”, the governor was “satisfied that he does not command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Punjab Assembly, and therefore ceases to hold his office with immediate effect”.

Consequently, the provincial cabinet “stands dissolved”, the notification said.

However, Elahi, whom the notification referred to as “former chief minister of Punjab”, will continue to hold office until his successor is elected, it added.

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