LHC allows suspended PML-N lawmakers to attend PA session

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) division bench has allowed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) 18 provincial assembly lawmakers to participate in the session fixed for taking up the ‘no trust motion’ submitted by the opposition against Punjab’s Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, Speaker Sibtain Khan and the deputy speaker.

Earlier on December 20, the LHC had also allowed the same PML-N MPAs to participate in the December 21 session summoned by the governor of Punjab requiring CM Elahi to obtain vote of confidence.

Previously, Speaker of the Punjab Assembly (PA) Sibtain Khan had banned the entry of 18 PML-N lawmakers for the duration of 15 proceedings of the provincial legislature.

The action was taken due to their alleged misconduct by hampering the house’s proceedings on October 22, when former chief minister Sardar Usman Buzdar was presenting a resolution against the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) decision of disqualifying ex-premier Imran Khan.

The TLTP learnt that the notification issued by the assembly secretariat had stated that the aforesaid lawmakers “made a hue and cry” when the resolution was being presented.

“I (speaker) requested them not to hamper the proceedings of the House but they continued raising slogans, used derogatory remarks, and blowing whistles,” the statement had noted.

The chair repeatedly had called the house in order but to no avail. The business of assembly had been severely hampered by the unruly and grossly disorderly conduct of the above-said lawmakers, according to the statement.


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