Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi said that he will not be going to follow Governor’s orders.
While talking to the media during a Press conference CM Punjab ruled out following Governor Baligh-ur-Rehman’s orders for taking a vote of confidence and termed the directions “illegal”.
The chief minister said: “I don’t accept the letter that the governor has written for the vote of confidence. If I take the vote of confidence, then it means that I am accepting the letter.”
The move will likely rise the political temperature in Punjab, which came to a halt after the Lahore High Court (LHC) restored Pervaiz Elahi as the CM following his de-notification by the governor.
On 23rd December The court orders Pervaiz Elahi to continue as CM Punjab and adjourned the hearing till 11th January. Although it restricted the CM from dissolving the assembly, the court said its order would not stop Elahi from taking a vote of confidence.
As a result, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) — an ally of Elahi — started works and the party’s leaders claimed that the CM would take the trust vote before January 11 — the hearing’s date.
But problems have arisen for the CM after independent lawmaker Syeda Zahra Naqvi said she was an ally of PTI and not Elahi with three members of the PTI also set to rebel against the party’s decision to back the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader.
“The governor wants me to follow his illegal order, but I will not do it,” the chief minister said, as the ruling coalition in Punjab scrambles to ensure his position.
CM Punjab Pervaiz Elahi said that authorities were still investigating the confession statement of the suspected shooter who allegedly tried to assassinate PTI Chairman Imran Khan in Wazirabad during the long march in November.
“However, the IG isn’t present here as Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has sent him to America,” the chief minister claimed, highlighting that the center was creating hurdles for Punjab in investigating the incidents surrounding the assassination bid.
Imran Khan was shot in the leg as he lauded to crowds from his container while leading long march to Islamabad to pressure the government into announcing an early election.
Earlier Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry claims that a shooter was sent to kill suspect Naveed who attacked Imran Khan during Long March at Wazirabad in order to Erase all the evidence.
Addressing a press conference in Lahore, the former federal minister claims that a plan was made to kill the suspect Naveed in order to give religious colour to the assassination attempt. “In this regard, a shooter was sent to kill suspect Naveed during the rally,” he added.
Fawad Chaudhry while citing the forensic report of the Imran Khan attack claimed that a PTI worker was martyred by a ‘shooter’s bullet’, who was sent to kill suspect Naveed.
“The investigation has revealed that three suspects fired bullets at the former prime minister,” he said, adding that the sole purpose of the ‘pre-planned attack’ was to kill Imran Khan.