LHC CJ’s Oath-Taking Ceremony Held With Large Crowd Despite Ban On Gatherings
Despite restrictions on public gatherings and enforcement of section 144 in Punjab, hundreds of people, including Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar and Governor Punjab Chaudhry Sarwar, attended the oath taking ceremony of Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan, the newly appointed chief justice of Lahore High Court (LHC).
The oath taking ceremony was held at Governor House on Thursday. Besides governor Punjab and the chief minister, several members of lawyers’ fraternity, and other government officials were present on the occasion.
The act of top provincial executives and government officials has drawn severe criticism on social media. People are complaining that CM Punjab and the governor should have acted responsibly, and the ceremony should have been postponed or held in a simpler manner.
This was today, the oath taking of Chief Justice Lahore High Court. With the Covid-19 pandemic, and Section 144 in Punjab, all I will say is Shame on them!
Could have been done with only two/three people!
This is how seriously the Punjab Government is taking this! pic.twitter.com/KeMSmr7r2C
— Ali Moeen Nawazish (@am_nawazish) March 19, 2020
These are the real elites. The rulers over ordinary citizens. The mighty, powerful, influential and they mostly act to be above the law. That’s how, it works, around here.#Pakistan #Covid_19 #COVID #Lahore
— Shafique UQAILI (@Uqaili_Shafique) March 20, 2020
قانون تو پھر قانون سے بالاتر ہوتا ہے
— Notocorruption (@GocorruptionGo) March 19, 2020
Shame on such govt. They themselves want to spread it to whole punjab.
— Qaisar Iqbal (@qaisarmahar1) March 20, 2020
To date, 448 confirmed coronavirus cases have emerged across the country, with the provincial governments of Sindh, Balochistan, Punajb, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa confirming 238, 81, 80, and 23 cases respectively. Moreover, the government officials have confirmed two coronavirus deaths in KP and one in Sindh.