A day after the Lahore High Court (LHC) directed President Arif Alvi to nominate a person to administer oath to the Punjab chief minister-elect, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah on Saturday urged the latter to fulfill his constitutional responsibilities and help run the country on constitutional grounds.
In a statement issued today, the minister urged the president to perform his duties as the president of Pakistan instead of following the 'dictates of his party chief Imran Khan'.
Sanaullah went on to add that the country would be run according to the Constitution and not upon the whims of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman.
“The office of President is a constitutional post and not related to politics," he said and added that when the time arrives for performing constitutional obligation, the president, governors and others related to the party get sick.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader asserted that the order of the LHC was continuously being violated after defying the Supreme Court directives relating to the matter.
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He highlighted that the Punjab government was being run without a chief minister and cabinet members for the past 21 days.
Sanaullah asked the president to meet his constitutional obligations and immediately nominate a person to administrator oath to the newly elected chief minister.
In its order on Friday, the LHC directed the president to nominate another person besides the provincial governor to administer oath of the Punjab Chief Minister Office to Hamza Shehbaz in order to end the ongoing political and constitutional crisis in the province.
Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti passed the order after Advocate General of Punjab Ahmad Awais failed to satisfy the court whether the governor had addressed the relevant authority about his excuse, inability or the reason behind delay in administration of oath.
Chief Justice Bhatti had taken up a petition filed by CM-elect Hamza against the delay by the Punjab governor in administering him the oath. Hamza was elected on April 16 after securing 197 votes in the Punjab Assembly.