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Elahi successful in the vote of confidence: Punjab Assembly speaker

Elahi successful in vote
Elahi successful in the vote of confidence: Punjab Assembly speaker

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi photographed following his visit to the Punjab Assembly. 

The opposition and the government lawmakers continued escalating their hostilities on the speaker’s podium. Engaged in a tense fight in the Punjab Assembly in the early hours of

Punjab chief minister Parvez Elahi meets PTI lawmakers upon his arrival in the Punjab Assembly.

This photo illustrates PTI leaders’ appearance at the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday. Photo credit: Azhar Mashwani Twitter

Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi photographed following his visit to the Punjab Assembly.

Opposition and government lawmakers are escalating their hostilities on the speaker’s podium and engaging in a furious jousting in the Punjab Assembly in the early hours of Thursday.

When he arrives at the Punjab Assembly, Punjab chief minister Parvez Elahi meets PTI lawmakers.

This photo illustrates PTI leaders’ appearance at the Punjab Assembly on Wednesday. Photo by: Azhar Mashwani Twitter

Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, in a normally chaotic session in the early hours of Thursday, was able to secure an affirmative vote by the Punjab Assembly after the opposition quit, saying it was “bulldozed” and “unconstitutional.”

Speaker Sibtain Khan, who presided at the meeting, stated that Elahi could secure the requisite 186 votes, which is the number needed to maintain his position, and one less than the 187 PTI leaders claimed they had before the vote.

Before the vote, lawmakers from the opposition and government reopened hostilities at the speaker’s table and engaged in angry frenzied fighting. Then, shortly after, the opposition MPAs staged a protest of the meeting and marched out.

In the absence of the Punjab Assembly, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah labeled the session’s actions “against the rules and Constitution” and accused speakers of “bulldozing” the vote of confidence.

Sanaullah and another leader of the PML-N, Ata Tarar, have said that the confidence vote could be challenged in court.

At the time, PTI Vice President Fawad Chaudhry declared that the PTI-PML-Q coalition had the backing of the 187 MPAs, a claim reiterated by Mian Mahmoodur Rashid.

PA sessions, which started at five o’clock on Wednesday, were a mess for the third consecutive day when the opposition repeated its demands for Elahi to ask for a confidence vote.

The session began just hours before it was announced that Lahore High Court (LHC) extended the “interim relief” of reinstating Elahi as the chief minister until January 12, adding the fact that Elahi as chief minister could not dissolve the Assembly until 9 am on Monday.

In the meantime, Elahi — who had been in contact with PTI leader Imran Khan during the previous day was at the PA just after 10 pm.

At the Assembly Hall, Fawad said: “The numbers for the confidence vote are complete.”

The PTI-PML-Q alliance is currently waiting for lawmakers who were on their way for the PA from different cities of the province. He also said that the vote of confidence would take place when they arrived.


If asked was the strategy should the confidence vote be conducted, Fawad said the party would then remove this petition to the court of appeal and then forward the summary of the resolutions for both Punjab as well as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies by tomorrow early in the morning.

When asked about his views on whether the confidence vote is taking place, Fawad responded: “God willing, we will be able to take the confidence vote. We’re waiting only for two MPAs [to be delivered for the confidence vote to be held.”

In the meantime, Fawad also took to Twitter to declare”the “number of 187 is complete”.

In a separate tweet, he stated that, by the guidelines given through the LHC, Elahi could seek the approval of the LHC “at any time.”

“For several weeks, the PML-N demanded that we display the 186 lawmakers. When the moment has arrived to display the numbers, why are you still running?”

In contrast, PA Deputy Speaker Wasiq Qayyum told that he needed help to think of the confidence vote scheduled for this evening. “There’s a long process […] our agenda was to show our complete numbers, and we have done that.”

He added that the procedure for the vote would “happen tomorrow after taking the date from the court.” “A vote of confidence is taken when it comes on the agenda, not without that,” the deputy speaker explained.

If asked if the session could be adjourned soon after lunch break was over, he said: “Definitely.”

PA agrees with the opposition’s call for a trust vote.

The previous day in the morning, the PA session sounded the alarm for the third consecutive day with opposition demands that the Chief Minister give a vote of confidence. 

A look at an image of the Punjab Assembly session on Wednesday.

PPP MPA Syed Usman Mehmood made a declaration during the meeting.  Also possible is scheduling a second round of questions.

Raheela Khadim Hussain, a PML-N legislator, resisted. Instead of accepting the offer to speak during the session of questions and answers, she insisted on holding the vote of confidence first.


The president said the government could only be in place with the confidence vote. He then instructed the opposition to file a motion of no confidence to resolve the issue.

In the meantime, PTI MPA Sardar Shahabuddin Khan slammed the opposition for creating an uproar and claimed the incident had nothing to do with the assembly proceedings. The PA Speaker also agreed that legislators who refuse to allow Assembly to go on should be exiled.

When opposition MPs gathered with government MPAs while yelling slogans. The public address system announcer yelled at them to return to their seats and informed them that the opposition was the subject of a criminal inquiry.

At some moment, Punjab Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basharat Raja tried to calm the opposition. He continued to use their rhetoric to press the chief minister to take an unpopular confidence vote.

In the meantime, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that contrary to claims of the PTI. Elahi did not get the support of 186 lawmakers.

Addressing the media in Lahore before the beginning of the session, He claimed that between six and seven PTI MPAs were overseas and that the federal government had their travel documents to prove it.

Alongside him, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Ata Tarar claimed that 12 lawmakers belonging to the PTI-PML-Q coalition weren’t present in Lahore and added that he had the information and proof to support his assertion.

Tarar warned the PTI-PMLQ coalition against staging an act like the one “staged by Qasim Suri in the National Assembly.”

Imran praises the govt coalition.

However, during a short video address at the parliamentary party’s session. PTI Chairman Imran Khan was all praise for the PTI-PMLQ MPAs.

He thanked the PTI and CM Elahi for continuing to remain loyal to PTI. PTI regardless of the pressure applied to them to change to one side.

The PTI director claimed it was PPP vice-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Who had been behind attempts to persuade lawmakers to change between the two parties. “I should thank him for cleansing our party of bad eggs,” Imran said.

The PTI chairman also thanked and acknowledged independently-minded MPA Bilal Warraich, a coalition government member.


Crisis in Punjab

In the wake of Imran’s announcement regarding his announcement of Punjab as well as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies’ dissolution and the leaders of the coalition took action to stop Elahi from dissolving the PA.

In a double-edged move, the Punjab government requested the chief minister’s support in the Punjab Assembly on December 20. To stop governor from dismissing Assembly, the PPP and PML-N lawmakers also tabled a second resolution of no-trust against him.

The governor’s order, according to PA Speaker Sibtain Khan, is “illegal. Against the provisions of the Constitution and so stand disposed of,” he said.

In his two-page rule, the speaker argued that governor’s directives were not in compliance with Article 54(3) or Article 127. “The House has been in session since October 23, 2022. It is also subject to the provisions of Articles 54(3) and 127. 

Then, on December 21, the Punjab governor termed the speaker’s decision “unconstitutional.”

In a late-night decision on December 23, the governor should have notified Elahi. In a written order that he issued, he stated: “Consequent to the facts that Ch. Following an order made under Article 130(7) of the Constitution. . Parvez Elahi did not bother getting the confidence vote in the 1600 hour yesterday (Wednesday). And given that he hasn’t done it after the passing of twenty-four hours. I am confident that he hasn’t gained the confidence of the majority of those who make up the Punjab Assembly.

The result was that “the provincial cabinet stands dissolved forthwith,” as he stated.

CM Elahi approached LHC in following days to complain that action had been “unconstitutional, unlawful and of no legal effect.”

In the hearing before at the previous hearing, the LHC had restored the PML-Q leader as chief minister. And reinstated province cabinet status as “interim relief” after he signed an undertaking announcing to his court. That he would be able to dissolve the Assembly of the province until the following hearing (January 11.).

At the hearing held today at the hearing, this court granted the relief granted to Elahi until the next Thursday (January 12) at 9 am. The court also noted that the chief minister could disband the Assembly at the period of.


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