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LAHORE: The oath-taking ceremony of newly elected Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shehbaz will be held today and it will be administered by Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti, PML-N sources said on Sunday.
According to sources, the oath-taking ceremony will be held in the Governor House, however, Governor Punjab Omar Sarfraz Cheema would not administer the oath to Hamza. The ceremony will take place at 8:00 pm.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will also reach Lahore today and attend the oath-taking ceremony of his son. PML-N leader Atta Ullah Tarar said that the assembly secretariat has notified the success of Hamza Shehbaz and conveyed it to the Governor House.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Governor House has refuted reports of not administering oath to Hamza Shehbaz and said that a decision would be made on the basis of a report on violence in the assembly sought from the assembly secretariat.
Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) MPA Hamza Shehbaz was elected Chief Minister Punjab after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and allied parties boycotted the session after a ruckus that saw police enter the house.
The session chaired by Dost Mazari was earlier delayed after some MPAs attacked Dost Mazari and he called the Punjab police. Later, the brawl between the ruling alliance MPAs and joint opposition lawmakers resulted in Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi being left injured.
Hamza Shahbaz was the joint opposition’s candidate while PTI and allied parties favored former Speaker Pervaiz Elahi for the coveted slot.
It is worth mentioning that President Arif Alvi did also not administer the oath to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on April 11 apparently due to health problems and the oath was administrated by Chairman Senet Sadiq Sanjrani.