Chaudhry Shujaat to stay PML-Q’s president regardless of tussle in get together, says ECP

PML-Q’s Secretary Normal Tariq Basheer Cheema (L) and President Chaudhry Shujaat. — On-line/File

ISLAMABAD: The Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday mentioned that former prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain would retain the put up of PML-Q’s president, whereas federal minister Tariq Bashir Cheema will stay its secretary-general.

A four-member bench of the ECP headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja heard Shujaat’s plea in opposition to the intra-party election.

Through the proceedings at this time, CEC mentioned ECP is issuing notices to the events within the case — PML-Q chief and his brother, Pervez Elahi and Punjab Secretary-Normal Kamil Ali Agha and each — Shujaat and Cheema — would retain their positions until the subsequent listening to.

The proceedings had been adjourned by the CEC until August 16.

‘Shujaat and Cheema nonetheless maintain their places of work’: Shujaat’s lawyer

Shujaat’s lawyer advised the four-member bench that his consumer bought to learn about a gathering of the get together’s central working committee assembly, which by way of an unsigned letter, had determined to take away the ex-PM and Cheema.

He advised the bench {that a} central working committee doesn’t “exist” within the get together and the leaders’ resolution to carry an intra-party election was additionally unlawful.

“The members weren’t conscious of the assembly; there is no such thing as a listing of the members who participated within the assembly; due to this fact, it’s unlawful,” the lawyer mentioned.

He burdened that Shujaat and Cheema nonetheless maintain their places of work and demanded motion in opposition to the leaders who known as themselves members of the central working committee.

The lawyer mentioned that the central working committee doesn’t have the authority to take away the get together president from workplace, whereas they will go away workplace by way of voluntary resignation.

He apprised the bench that the final elections of the PML-Q had been held in 2021 and each individual contesting in these polls was elected unopposed.

“No workplace bearer might be eliminated. They may stop to carry workplace provided that they resign or die.”

Rift throughout the get together

The fault traces within the get together grew to become seen when Shujaat refused to help Elahi through the Punjab chief minister’s election, saying that he wouldn’t again PTI Chairperson Imran Khan’s candidate — even when it was his brother.

Because of this, Elahi misplaced the election to PML-N chief Hamza Shahbaz by 10 votes as they had been rejected following Shujaat’s letter to former deputy speaker Dost Mazari.

However Hamza’s victory was short-lived because the Supreme Courtroom instated Elahi because the chief minister.

Following these developments, in late June, the Central Working Committee (CWC) of the PMLQ determined to take away get together president Shujaat from workplace, citing well being points.

“It has change into essential to isolate Ch Shujaat to save lots of the get together from destruction,” mentioned Senator Kamil Ali Agha whereas speaking to the media after the CWC assembly in Lahore.

However yesterday, the PML-Q’s Central Govt Committee reposed confidence within the management of Shujaat and determined to ship a show-cause discover to Senator Agha and others for holding an “unlawful assembly” in Lahore.

The get together’s provincial presidents disassociated themselves from the Lahore assembly and condemned the unlawful dismissal of Shujaat and Cheema. The assembly handed a decision unanimously to precise confidence within the management of Shujaat.

It was determined within the assembly {that a} authorized group could be consulted to problem the unlawful transfer of the PML-Q Punjab chapter because it was not authorised to convene a gathering on August 10.

The assembly’s members to droop the get together membership of these taking part within the Lahore assembly.

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