Coalition govt demands full court hear petition against Dost Mazari’s ruling: joint statement

ISLAMABAD: The coalition government on Saturday demanded that a full court hear the petition filed against the ruling issued by Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Dost Muhammad Mazari in the election of the province’s chief minister.

A joint statement has been issued in this regard, urging the chief justice to constitute a full bench to hear the case.

Mazari rejected 10 PML-Q votes after party chief Chaudhry Shujaat directed his lawmakers to vote in favour of Hamza Shahbaz, but they decided to support Pervez Elahi.

As a result, Elahi lost the crucial election, and he approached the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) — whose three-member bench is hearing the case, led by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial.