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LHC orders President Alvi to appoint representative to take oath from Hamza Shehbaz

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday ordered President Dr Arif Alvi to appoint a representative for administering the oath to Punjab chief minister-elect as the governor has expressed his inability to do so.

LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti announced the verdict on the petition of CM-elect Hamza Shehbaz. 

Earlier, the Lahore High Court has once again deferred the hearing of Hamza Shehbaz’s oath-taking petition till 2 pm warning the Punjab advocate general that if no letter was issued by that time, the court would pronounce its judgement.

In his yesterday’s ruling, the chief justice directed the Punjab AG to seek Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema’s response regarding his reluctance to administer the oath to the chief minister-elect Hamza Shehbaz. 

The advocate general told the court that the governor was sending his reason to President Arif Alvi. 

On this, Chief Justice Bhatti inquired by what time the governor would be able to finally dispatch his reason to the president. 

The government law official replied that the governor was not bound to give his reply to any court. 

The CJ said that for the last 21 days, the province was running sans any government and the governor was delaying submitting his response to the court for the last 5 or 6 days. 

On this, the advocate general said the governor had already told the court whatever he wanted to tell it regarding his refusal to administer the oath. He said it was a matter of dishonouring the entire nation. 

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