LAHORE: The oath-taking ceremony of new Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz has been postponed once again due to the ailment of Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema.
All decoration work was completed for 200 guests by installing tents and furniture at the Governor House’s garden to host the oath-taking ceremony of the new Punjab CM at 4:00 pm. Earlier, the arrangement was made for 600 guests which were later reduced to 200.
The ceremony was postponed again as the Punjab government has been shifted to the hospital due to his worsening health conditions.
The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has earlier claimed that Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani will administer the oath to Hamza today. The Governor House staffers remained on high alert for the ceremony.
Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema has been unwell and admitted to Lahore’s Services Hospital. The governor has complained of diarrhea and is being treated at the hospital, MS of the medical facility said.
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday directed President Arif Alvi to nominate another official to take oath from Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shehbaz after Governor Omar Sarfraz refused to administer the oath to him.
The court ruled that the governor could not refuse to administer the oath to the chief minister-elect and the president should appoint another person to administer the oath to Hamza Shehbaz.
The court also directed to send a copy of the decision to the president for implementation on the orders within 24 hours.