Following the orders of the Lahore High Court, PML-Hamza N’s Shahbaz was sworn in as Punjab’s 21st Chief Minister on Saturday.
On the directions of the LHC, he was given the oath by National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, as the CM-elect had requested the high court’s involvement in the case.
Hamza Shahbaz promises to help people.
CM Hamza Shahbaz committed to offer assistance to the public shortly after taking the oath. Speaking to media following the event, Hamza stated that they had very little time to address many of the difficulties left by the previous administration.
He described the administration as a coalition, adding that decisions will be made in consultation with the affiliated parties. Punjab is the country’s largest province, and there are several issues, he said, adding that they intended to help the people.
It is worth noting that Hamza petitioned the LHC for the third time on Friday after his oath-taking ceremony was postponed on multiple grounds, despite being elected with a clear majority of 197 votes in the Punjab Assembly on April 16.
Furthermore, only hours before the oath-taking ceremony, Punjab Governor Omar Sarfaraz Cheema “rejected” Usman Buzdar’s resignation, claiming that constitutional prerequisites had not been met.
Hamza drove himself to the Governor House, escorted by PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz.
Profile of Hamza Shahbaz
Hamza Shehbaz Sharif, the 21st Chief Minister of Punjab, is the eldest son of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
According to the Punjab Assembly’s website, the younger Sharif was born on September 6, 1974, in Lahore. He earned his L.L.B. from the London School of Economics after graduating from the Government College in Lahore.
Sharif’s political career formally began in the late 1990s, following the military takeover of General Pervaiz Musharraf.
He ran for the Punjab assembly seat as an independent candidate in 2008, as well as the national assembly seat. Despite losing the provincial election to Salman Rafique, he was elected to the national legislature from 2008 to 2013 and again from 2013 to 2018.
In 2018, he ran for and won one national assembly seat as well as one from Punjab. He eventually opted to keep his provincial seat while giving up his national seat.
The opposition presented Hamza Shehbaz as a candidate for chief minister of Punjab the same year, but he lost to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf nominee Usman Buzdar and was selected as the leader of the opposition in the Punjab Assembly. He is the vice president of his governing Pakistan Muslim League-N party.
He declared two spouses in his 2018 election candidacy papers, Mehrunissah Hamza and Rabia Hamza.