Trust vote record should be made part of court record, says Punjab governor’s lawyer
The issue surrounding Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi’s vote of confidence has been settled, a Lahore High Court judge observed as a full five-judge bench of the LHC continued to hear CM Elahi’s appeal against Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman’s order to qualify as the head of the province. executive.
The hearing continued after the highly dramatic and tense proceedings of the Punjab Assembly, which continued for several hours on Wednesday, where CM Elahi remained successful in securing a vote of confidence, amid a boycott by the opposition.
He secured 186 votes, the magic number needed to prove a simple majority in the House of 371, while the opposition boycotted the election process and walked out of the assembly hall in protest.
During today’s hearing, Justice Abid Aziz Shaikh asked if the governor was satisfied with the vote of confidence, to which his lawyer said that the minutes of the vote of confidence should be made part of the court’s records.
Justice Abid sought the opinion of Elahi’s lawyer, Barrister Ali Zafar. “Floor test completed, will you insist on hearing this appeal?” asked.
Lawyer Zafar said he would like to give brief arguments. “We have [the] votes, this is a matter of principle. The governor should have given reasons,” argued the lawyer.
The lawyer said that the application in any case has now become ineffective, but reiterated that the notification order by the Punjab government was not in accordance with the law.
Justice Abid observed that one issue had been resolved after the vote of confidence under Article 137, but the issue that remained was whether the governor’s notification order was correct or not.