Lahore. Chief Minister Chaudhary Pervez Elahi won a vote of confidence in Pakistan’s Punjab Assembly at midnight on Wednesday. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Punjab Governor Baligur Rehman had last month asked Chief Minister Elahi to prove a vote of confidence to prevent the dissolution of the assembly. After this, he dissolved Elahi and his cabinet for not following his order.
However, this decision was overturned by the Lahore High Court. The Lahore High Court heard the matter on Wednesday and said that the Chief Minister would have to get a vote of confidence. Following the court order, Elahi secured the required 186 votes in the Punjab Assembly in a session that lasted till 1 am on Wednesday amid opposition protests.
Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan presided over the session and said that Chief Minister Elahi has got the required 186 votes to win the trust vote. The opposition, led by the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), boycotted the session and announced a court challenge to the trust vote process. Significantly, former Prime Minister Imran had announced the dissolution of the assemblies of the provinces (Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) ruled by his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to hold mid-term elections on the PML-N-led federal coalition. Pressure can be created to get it done.
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