LHC Rejects Punjab Assembly Restoration Plea

LHC Rejects Punjab Assembly Restoration Plea
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday rejected a plea filed seeking restoration of the dissolved Punjab Assembly.

The petition was heard by Justice Shahid Kareem. During the hearing, the judge rejected the plea and imposed a fine of Rs 100,000 on the petitioner, Sharafat Ali, for wasting the court’s time.

The Punjabi chief secretary and former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi were named as respondents in the lawsuit.

The petitioner claimed that Parvaiz Elahi advised the governor to dissolve the Punjab Assembly in violation of the law. According to the petition, the previous chief minister's recommendation, which was only one line long and lacked any justification for the dissolution, was in violation of the constitution and court directives.

The petitioner requested that the court restore the assembly and deem Elahi's recommendation invalid. Justice Shahid Kareem dismissed the motion, but he also issued a warning to the petitioner, saying that if they attempted to have the fine suspended, the court would double the original Rs 100,000 fine.

On April 24, 2023, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan revealed that he dissolved the provincial assemblies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab on the suggestion of former army chief General (retired) Qamar Javed Bajwa.

The former premier stated in an interview with a private news station on Sunday that General Bajwa advised dissolving governments if you wanted elections. The meeting was held in front of President Dr. Arif Alvi, he added.

He added that the former chief of army staff (COAS) had given him lies and that Gen. Bajwa had no ideology.

The ousted premier claimed that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief had informed him that General (retired) Bajwa wanted to install Shehbaz Sharif in government after he was ousted from office in April of last year following a resolution of no confidence.

He also disclosed that a Middle Eastern leader had informed him a year earlier that Bajwa was no longer with him.

"General Bajwa and the premier intelligence agency knew that the current rulers had stolen the money from the national exchequer and taken it abroad." Despite knowing this, General Bajwa was willing to give them "NRO" as he had planned an extension for himself, Imran Khan added.