- Hamza Shahbaz was stripped of his role as opposition leader after becoming Chief Minister of Punjab.
- Punjab’s ruling coalition was deposed when Pervez Elahi was appointed CM.
- This information was made public on Sunday.
According to a notification issued on Sunday, Hamza Shahbaz, a former Punjab chief minister and current PML-N leader, has been selected to lead the opposition in the provincial legislature.
On April 30, 2022, Hamza was de-notified as the leader of the opposition and appointed as Punjab’s chief minister.
However, when Pervez Elahi was elected as the province’s chief minister, the PML-N-led government lost control of the province because the Supreme Court ruled that the previous deputy speaker of the Punjab Assembly, Dost Muhammad Mazari, made a “illegal” decision in the chief minister’s election.
Elahi, who was defeated by Hamza in the Punjab CM election on July 22 after Mazari, the former deputy speaker, rejected ten PML-Q votes, has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court stated in an 11-page short order, We find that the Deputy Speaker, Provincial Assembly of Punjab, Lahore’s understanding and implementation of the said short judgement as well as the provisions of Article 63A(1)(b) of the Constitution was patently incorrect and erroneous and cannot be sustained.
The order declared Elahi to be the constitutionally elected chief minister of Punjab, based on the fact that he earned 186 votes against Hamza’s 179.