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18 portfolios: Pak court seeks reply from Shahbaz

A Pakistani court asked the Punjab govt to respond to a petition against Shahbaz Sharif for holding 18 portfolios.



Lahore: A Pakistani court on Wednesday asked the
Punjab government to respond within three weeks to a petition
filed against Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for holding 18
portfolios.

Justice Umar Ata Bandial of the Lahore High Court sought
a reply from the provincial Chief Secretary to the petition
filed by lawyer Noshab A Khan.

Earlier, Khan contended in court that Sharif had violated
the Punjab Government Rules of Business of 1974 by holding 18
portfolios, including those of home, health, communications,
tourism, local government, food, information, sports, social
welfare and housing.

The recent death of over 100 cardiac patients after they
were given bad drugs by the state-run Punjab Institute of
Cardiology took place when the Chief Minister was abroad and
there was nobody responsible to tackle the issue, Khan told
the court.

Such tragedies will continue to happen if the chief
minister fails to appoint a full-time health minister, he
contended.

Khan asked the court to direct Sharif to relinquish all
his portfolios and to appoint a health minister in the
aftermath of the worst healthcare crisis in Punjab.

PTI

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