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Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani to administer oath to Hamza Shehbaz today: sources

  • Punjab Governor Omer Sarfaraz Cheema rushed to hospital. 
  • Cheema is undergoing various diagnostic tests at the Services Hospital.
  • Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani will administer the oath to Hamza Shehbaz at 4 pm today, say sources  

LAHORE: Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani will administer the oath to Punjab Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shehbaz today after the Lahore High Court issued directives to President Arif Alvi to nominate a representative for the purpose, said well-placed sources. 

As per the details, the oath-taking ceremony of Punjab CM-elect Hamza Shehbaz will be held at 4 pm at the Governor House. PM Shehbaz Sharif is also expected to attend the event.

After receiving the LHC order, the presidency had sought advice from the PM Office, the sources privy to the matter said. To this, the prime minister suggested appointing Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani as a representative to administer the oath to Hamza Shehbaz.

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Meanwhile, Punjab Governor Sarfaraz Cheema has been shifted to the Services Hospital in Lahore after his health condition started deteriorating at Sehri. Currently, Cheema is undergoing various diagnostic tests at the hospital, the sources added.

LHC directs president Alvi to appoint representative 

On Friday, LHC Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti had directed President Arif Alvi to nominate a representative to administer the oath to chief minister-elect Hamza Shahbaz.

The LHC CJ had stated that the governor cannot refuse to administer oath and issued directives to the court office to inform the president.

The LHC had issued the order while hearing a petition filed by newly elected CM Hamza Shahbaz against the governor’s refusal to fulfil his constitutional duty.

On April 17, the Punjab governor had cancelled the oath-taking ceremony due to the ruckus that took place in the assembly a day earlier during the CM election.

Cheema, in a press conference, had condemned the violence that took place in the Punjab Assembly and said that such incidents set a very wrong precedent.

“I am a political worker and have fought elections. This a very wrong precedent being set,” the governor had said.

Later, he refused to administer oath, saying the election was not held in a transparent manner, citing a report from an assembly official, which was later challenged in the LHC.

Courtesy : GeoNews

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