A three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandiyal restored Hamza Shahbaz’s pre-Punjab by-polls status and indirectly suspended the ruling of the PA deputy speaker which was in favour of Hamza Shahbaz. The three-member bench of the apex court headed by CJP Umar Atta Bandiyal, and comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar commenced the hearing of PTI’s petition at the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry.
The three-member bench concluded that “ Hamza Shahbaz will work as trustee Chief Minister till Monday hearing and will not be able to carry out “big” decisions. This decision is being taken to avoid a vacuum in the largest province of the country.”
PTI counsel Barrister Ali Zafar pleaded that the ruling of the PA deputy speaker is not in the line with the supreme court’s May 17 order. He further added that the PA deputy speaker misinterpreted the supreme court order and violated article 63-A.
The bench also summoned PA deputy speaker Dost Mohammad Mazari around 2:30 pm but he didn’t appear in person and Advocated Irfan Qadir appeared as his council. Deputy Speaker’s counsel Irfan Qadir said that “PA deputy speaker thought that party head can issue directives to MPAs regarding CM Punjab election and party head is also head of the parliamentary party in Punjab.”
The apex court also observed that court had also observed that “The deputy speaker did not mention any specific pera of Supreme Court order and just mentioned the overall written order. Prima facie, PA deputy speaker ruling is wrong.” After listening to all parties, JCP Umar Atta Bandial asked all parties to submit their written replies and adjourned the hearing till Monday. “We will announce the verdict till Tuesday,” said CJP. Now next hearing will be commenced in Islamabad.