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Governor removes Parvez Elahi as Punjab CM

Pervaiz Elahi

Punjab Governor Baligh Ur Rehman on Thursday night de-notified Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as the Chief Minister Punjab and dissolved the provincial cabinet here.

The development came days after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan announced the dissolution of the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assemblies on December 23.

“Further necessary action may be taken immediately. Given at Lahore, this twenty second day of December 2022, 1600 hrs,” the notification concluded. The governor also tweeted the notification. The Punjab chief secretary, complying with the order of governor, later issued a notification that Pervaiz Elahi was no more the chief minister of the province.

The notification (No .SO(CAB-II)2-12/2018 (Vol-II) issued by the Punjab, Services & General Administration Department stated: “In pursuance of the order of the Governor of the Punjab dated 22/12/2022 vide No. PSG-1-1/2022-57, Mr. Pervaiz Elahi has ceased to hold office of the Chief Minister Punjab with immediate effect. In consequence of the above, the Provincial Cabinet stands dissolved forthwith.

“Furthermore, in terms of Article 133 of the Constitution, Governor of the Punjab has been pleased to ask Mr. Pervaiz Elahi, former Chief Minister of the Punjab, to continue to hold office until his successor enters upon the office of the Chief Minister.”