Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has moved the Supreme Court against the appointment of Mohsin Naqvi as the caretaker chief minister of Punjab by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
The PTI has filed the petition as a political party and has been moved by PTI General Secretary Asad Umar.
In the same petition, the PTI has also challenged the appointment of Raja Riaz as the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly.
Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi, a media tycoon, was sworn in as the caretaker CM of Punjab on Sunday night after the ECP unanimously decided to appoint him to the post.
Naqvi was one of the two candidates nominated by Hamza Shehbaz and is said to be very close to PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari.
The petitioners have pleaded with the court to declare Naqvi’s appointment “null and void” and stop him from working as caretaker Punjab chief minister. They have also challenged the appointment of ECP members Babar Bharwana and Ikramullah.
Following the nomination of Naqvi for the slot, Imran Khan slammed the commission and tweeted that the PML-N had a history of selecting their own umpires, but it was “incredible” how ECP had selected a sworn enemy of PTI for the position.