After Chief Minister Pervez Elahi refused to seek a vote of confidence from the Punjab Assembly, PML-N leader Atta Tarar expressed the confidence on Wednesday that Governor Balighur Rehman will issue a new notification on the matter by 10 pm tonight.

“We will also be holding an important press conference at 10 pm,” he told Dawn phone.

Tarar’s statement comes after the expiration of the 4 pm deadline set by the governor for the chief minister to obtain a vote of confidence from the provincial assembly.

On Tuesday, Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan had termed the governor’s orders as “illegal, against the provisions of the Constitution and thus stand disposed of”.

In his two-page ruling, the speaker maintained that the governor’s orders were not in accordance with Article 54(3) and Article 127. “The house is in session since Oct 23, 2022, and under Article 54(3) and 127. No fresh session can be convened unless and until the current one ends,” the order read.

Earlier, Tarar told the media that a high-level meeting was underway at the Governor House with party leaders Uzma Bukhari, Khalil Tahir Sindhu and others in attendance.

“We will proceed according to the law and Constitution […] our discussions [regarding the matter] are underway. No one can run away from a vote of confidence,” he said.

The PML-N leader added that MPAs and other legal experts have arrived at the Governor House for deliberations on the matter.


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