The Lahore High Court’s Justice Shahid Karim on Monday dismissed a plea challenging the appointment of Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Raza Naqvi.
The court observed that the appointment of the caretaker CM has been made in accordance with the law. According to the court, the ECP has the right to appoint the caretaker Chief Minister.
As the proceedings commenced, the lawyer representing the federal government told the court that in a situation LHC dismisses plea…
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where a caretaker Chief Minister misuses his powers, the Election Commission of Pakistan and the courts are present. He argued that the electoral watchdog has stopped the implementation of several orders passed by Naqvi and maintained that “it is purely the ECP’s jurisdiction to appoint the caretaker Chief Minister.”
Justice Karim remarked that a caretaker Chief Minister could not do anything as long as the ECP is “neutral and sovereign”. The petitioner’s counsel advocate Azhar Siddique told the court that no due process was adopted by the ECP in the appointment of the Punjab caretaker Chief Minister. “Several measures taken by the caretaker Chief Minister are against the real essence of the constitution,” he argued and requested the court to set aside the impugned notification through which he was appointed as CM, declaring it as illegal.