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LHC nullifies Hamza Shehbaz’s CM Punjab election  

The court accepted appeals of Pakistan Tehreek—Insaf (PTI) filed against the election of Hamza Shabaz as Chief Minister Punjab.

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Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has declared the election of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif “null and void” and ordered re-election. 

According to details, the court accepted appeals of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed against the election of Hamza Shabaz as Chief Minister Punjab. 

Headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan, a five-member bench--comprising Justice Shahid Jamil Khan, Justice Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry, Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh-- announced the 4-1 verdict on pleas against Hamza’s election.

Reportedly, Justice Mahmood Sethi raised objections over some points. 

According to the written judgment, it was an "undeniable fact" that 25 PTI MPAs had voted in favour of Hamza Shahbaz, despite the party nominating PML-Q leader Pervez Elahi as its candidate.

The dissident lawmakers' move went against Article 63 A(1)(b) of the Constitution, the ruling added. 

The order, however, stated that Usman Ahmed Khan Buzdar, is restored to the office of Chief Minister of  Punjab with immediate effect, as he was on said date. 

In its verdict, the larger bench directed Punjab Governor to call a session of the assembly on July 1 at 5pm for recounting of votes. 

Speaking at a news conference in Lahore, PML-N leader Attaullah Tarar said Hamza Shehbaz is still Punjab’s Chief Minister and we have a simple majority of 177 votes in the house while the opposition has 168 members.

He said the court did not annul the previous decision nor did it order the fresh elections.

Attaullah Tarar said the Punjab Governor has been directed by the court to summon the Punjab Assembly session on Friday evening.

In the session, the recounting of votes for the election of Punjab Chief Minister will be held under Article-130 of the Constitution.

Hamza Shahbaz was elected as the Punjab CM on April 16 during a chaotic provincial assembly session. He received a total of 197 votes, including 25 by the PTI dissident lawmakers.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Hamza Shahbaz took oath as 21st Chief Minister of Punjab on April 30, 2022.

He was administered the oath by National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on the directives of the LHC as the CM-elect had sought the high court’s intervention on the matter.

 

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Death toll in Hyderabad gas leakage climbs to five

The injured were under treatment at a hospital in Karachi

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Death toll in Hyderabad gas leakage climbs to five

Hyderabad: The death toll from a gas leakage blast at Hyderabad’s Pathan Colony a few days ago climbed to 5 on Thursday.

According to the details, the incident took place a few days ago women forgot to turn off the gas at night and in the morning an explosion occurred when the stove was lit in the kitchen.

The injured were under treatment at a hospital in Karachi. 

Those who lost their lives in the incident were 65-year-old Ratan, 60-year-old Sawatri, their young daughter, and another person.

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'Extreme' weather warning in force in Britain as new heatwave hits

European nations have faced a scorching heatwave in recent weeks with temperatures often exceeding 40C

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London: A four-day "extreme heat" warning came into force in parts of England and Wales on Thursday, with temperatures poised to top 35 Celsius in another heatwave that could cause wildfires and pressure water supplies and transport services.

The Met Office said its amber warning, its second-most severe after red, will last until the end of Sunday, and cautioned that people vulnerable to extreme heat could face adverse health effects.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 35C (95 Fahrenheit) on Friday and may hit 36C in some places on Saturday.

"The grass in London is tinderbox dry and the smallest of sparks can start a blaze which could cause devastation," London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Smith said on Thursday.

The brigade, which faced its busiest week since World War Two during July's heatwave, said it had tackled 340 grass, rubbish and open land fires in the first week of August, compared with just 42 in the same week last year.

The Met Office raised its forecast for fire severity in London and other parts of England over the next few days to "exceptional" or level 5, its highest.

The warning follows the driest July for England since 1935, when temperatures rose above 40C for the first time, turning a renewed spotlight to the impacts of climate change. 

Other European nations have also faced a scorching heatwave in recent weeks with temperatures often exceeding 40C.

During July's heatwave, Britain, which is less used to such high temperatures, faced power outages, damage to airport runways and rail tracks and dozens of blazes in London that destroyed properties and vehicles.

Britain's environment minister George Eustice on Wednesday urged water companies to take precautions to protect water supplies and tackle the effects of the prolonged dry weather. 

Several water companies have already imposed restrictions on water usage and supermarkets have limited sales of disposable barbecues that firefighters warn can set light to tinder-dry grass.

This week's amber warning follows Britain's first-ever red "Extreme Heat" warning in July.

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Rana Sanaullah departs for Saudi Arabia on five-day visit

The minister would also talk with Saudi officials to further strengthen Pak-Saudi bilateral relations.

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Rana Sanaullah departs for Saudi Arabia on five-day visit

Islamabad: Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah along with his family on Thursday departed for Saudi Arabia on five-day visit to perform Umrah.

The minister departed for Jeddah from Islamabad International Airport at 11 a.m, said a statement issued here.

The minister would perform Umrah besides attendance at Roza Rasool (PBUH) in Madina. Sanaullah would also hold meetings with his Saudi counterpart and other senior officials.

The minister would also talk with Saudi officials to further strengthen Pak-Saudi bilateral relations.

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