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Despite President Alvi’s Objections, Punjab Governor Removed

Earlier in the day, President Dr Arif Alvi rejected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s proposal to dismiss the Punjab governor, dashing the PML-N’s expectations that the post will be vacated within a day or two.

The federal government said late last night that Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema has resigned on the suggestion of the prime minister, which was communicated to President Alvi on April 17 and reaffirmed on May 1.

Earlier in the day, President Dr Arif Alvi rejected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s proposal to dismiss the Punjab governor, dashing the PML-N’s expectations that the post will be vacated within a day or two.

Dr Alvi disputed the Prime Minister’s report, citing Article 101(3), which states that the governor shall serve “at the pleasure” of the president (for as long as the president pleases).

The PTI camp claimed that Article 101 (3) read with Article 48 (2) made it plain that “the president shall act in his discretion regarding any subject regarding which he is entitled by the Constitution to do so.”

Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema also relied on articles 101(3) and 48(2), which he has mentioned in several tweets, claiming that the automatic implementation of the prime minister’s advice takes effect after the period during which the president has to act on it has lapsed, but not with governor removal.

Earlier in the day, PML-N Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah encouraged Governor Cheema to go home respectfully and ensure that he and President Alvi did not engage in any action that would enrage the public in the days ahead. “The president is obligated to follow the prime minister’s recommendation, and any variation would be a breach of the Constitution,” he claimed.

Mr Sanaullah had maintained that Mr Alvi and Mr Cheema should respect the Supreme Court’s ruling, which declared that the president had no ‘inherent’ or residual powers and that a president was merely a figurehead in a parliamentary democracy with no veto authority.

Governor Cheema, sensing the government’s walkout, claimed that the “Sicilian mafia” had taken over Governor House and was “all poised to assault the office with unconstitutional summaries and notifications.”

Aimen Bukhari
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Works at The Truth International Magazine. My area of interest includes international relations, peace & conflict studies, qualitative & quantitative research in social sciences, and world politics. Reach@ aimen.bukhari@tti.org.pk

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