Governor is bound to administer an oath, Lahore High Court told

Hamza’s counsel says governor is ‘not a judge’ and doesn’t have the powers to review elections

LAHORE    -   A five-member bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Thursday adjourned hearing of intra-court appeals challenging an order of a single bench about the oath-taking of Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz Sharif till June 7.

The bench, headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan, heard the appeals, filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPAs including Sibtain Khan and others.

Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan addressed Hamza Shehbaz's counsel Usman Mansoor and questioned whether the governor could look into or review the certificate, issued by the speaker, if the elections were controversial. Whether the governor would be bound to administer an oath, he added.

The counsel argued that the governor was bound to administer the oath as he was not a judge.

The governor did not have powers to review the matter, he added. He submitted that the governor was a representative of the federal government and if there were two different parties in federation and province, then the governor would support his party. It is the reason that the governor had not been given such powers, he added. Usman Mansoor was still on his legs when the bench  adjourned further hearing till June 7.

ePaper - Nawaiwaqt