Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi moved the Supreme Court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz Sharif for violating its order passed on July 1, The News reported on Wednesday.
Elahi filed a petition in the Supreme Court under Article 204 of the Constitution read with sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003, and requested the court to summon the respondents and punish them for violating its July 1 order on a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf challenging the order of the Lahore High Court.
In his petition he submitted that the election on 20 vacant seats had been held accordingly and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) i.e. the allied party of the petitioner secured the requisite majority according to the unofficial results of the election and the petitioner and his allies were in comfortable position to form the government in the province as decided by the sovereigns of the state, the public at large.
He further informed the court that in pursuant to the order of the august court, preparation for the election of the chief minister of Punjab was underway without any hurdle and the petitioner was determined to hold elections and business of assembly in a peaceful, just, transparent manner in accordance with the Constitution and the law strictly as well as in accordance with spirit of the court order.
Elahi submitted that “The respondents after losing the majority in the house have become unnerved and showing extreme anger and frustration” adding that Hamza Shehbaz Sharif was acting in a reckless, unconstitutional and unlawful manner and had threatened to remove members belonging to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its allies.
He further submitted that Hamza had blatantly flouted the directions by appearing in a press conference on July 18, along with Minister of Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb.