Punjab governor logjam continues as Alvi tells Shehbaz that Cheema still holds office – Pakistan

President Arif Alvi has asked Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to reconsider his advice on appointing a new Punjab governor. to propose a new appointment”

In a statement released by the presidential secretary’s office on Saturday, Alvi mentioned in a previous correspondence to the prime minister of May 9 that he had rejected the prime minister’s advice to fire Cheema. President’s pleasure as stipulated in Article 101, Paragraph 2 of the Constitution”

However, Cheema was sacked hours later with late-night notice with the Cabinet that he had suspended his duties following the prime minister’s advice to the president on two separate occasions.

President Moon repeatedly emphasized this position in a news conference on the same day and said, “Under the current situation, the current governor must maintain his position.”

The president also referred to the letter Cheema wrote to him on April 23 and the report dated May 4. Both of these documents highlighted a shift in loyalty during the election of Punjab’s prime minister on 16 April. Shehbaz was supported by 25 dissident PTI members and received a majority vote. And “pinching the majority by illegal means” “creates serious governance problems in the state and violates Article 63-A of the Constitution”.

Article 63-A concerns the loss of qualifications for members of the National Assembly due to defection, and the Supreme Court recently stated that in a ruling on the recommendation of the president, the votes of the North Korean members are not counted.

President Albi said, “The governor’s (skirt) principled position” was “implemented” in response to the ruling.

He added that Chima’s position was further strengthened by a decision of the Pakistan Election Commission (ECP) on 20 May. “.

The ECP fired the lawmakers for defecting from North Korea.

The president also emphasized this in his phone call with the prime minister.

“In light of the above facts, the President has requested the Prime Minister to reconsider the advice on the appointment of the new governor of Punjab pursuant to Article 48(1) of the Constitution,” the Office of the President’s Office said.

Hamza’s Election and Oath

Chima’s dismissal from Punjab’s governor follows a lengthy tale that revolves around Hamza Shehbaz taking the oath after being elected governor of Punjab.

Hamza was elected the state’s Chief Executive Officer on 16 April at a session of the violently mutilated Punjab Parliament. However, his oath was delayed for weeks as Cheema refused to take the oath on him and slandered the validity of his election.

Then, on April 21, Hamza first approached the Lahore High Court (LHC) several times, requesting intervention in the matter. The court then directed President Alvi to appoint a representative to administer the oath in the governor’s absence.

However, the president did not follow the court’s instructions and saw Hamza re-approaching the courts on April 25th. This time he asked the LHC to direct Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani to enforce the oath against him. Chima is due to complete Hamza’s oath process by April 28.

As the president and governors still failed to comply with court orders, Hamza requested LHC intervention for the third time on April 29. The court ordered Parliament Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to take an oath to Hamza. The very next day, Punjab CM.

Hours before Hamza took the oath, Cheema announced that he had refused the resignation of Hamza’s predecessor Usman Buzdar, who stepped down as local chief executive on March 28. It was then Prime Minister Imran Khan, but was accepted by Chima’s predecessor, Chaudhry Sarwar. Chima later called Hamza a “fake prime minister” and mocked his oath as “unconstitutional”.

PTI also challenged Hamza’s election in the LHC.

Moreover, the recent SC decision on Article 63-A and the ECP’s ouster of 25 dissident PTI MPAs also questioned Hamza’s electoral status.

Summary of Cheema Removal

A series of events that plunged the province into a constitutional crisis coincided with reports of a federal government led by Hamza’s father, Shehbaz Sharif, seeking to remove Cheema from office.

In the end, Prime Minister Shevaz sent the president a summary of Chima’s dismissal on April 17, arguing that the prime minister had no power to fire him and only the president.

In summary, PM Shehbaz has nominated PPP’s Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood as Governor of Punjab. However, when President Albi returned the summary after withholding the summary for 15 days without a decision, the prime minister on May 1 saw the removal of Cheema and the PML-N loyalist of Bahawalpur, Balighur Rehman, in his place.

However, the president rejected the second summary and told the prime minister that the governor could not be removed without his approval and that under section 101(3) “the president would continue to hold office for as long as he wishes”. Constitution.

“He wrote that he could not dismiss the current governor because he had no court convictions or any misconduct he had committed against the Pakistani constitution,” the press release said.

According to Serb According to the report, the PTI camp believes that the provisions of Article 101(3) are clear: “The President must act at his discretion on matters authorized by the Constitution.” do that.”

Cheema also relied on 101(3) and 48(2), which stated in several tweets that automatic implementation of the Prime Minister’s advice would take effect after a period in which the President was required to act. However, this is not the case in the case of dismissal of the governor.

According to the constitution, the president can withhold a summary sent by the prime minister for 14 days without a decision. Upon expiration of the period, the Prime Minister may re-approve his advice in this regard and the President may suspend his decision for 10 days. After this period, the governor is removed from office and the prime minister has the power to appoint a new governor.

While the stalemate on the matter continued, Cheema was sent to the president on April 17 and was removed from office on May 1 with a late-night cabinet notice that Cheema would cease her duties on the advice of the prime minister intensified.

However, Cheema rejected the notice as “unconstitutional” and PTI’s Chairman Imran Khan urged the SC to heed what he described as “blatant violations” of Punjab’s constitution and laws.

The notice added that the Chairman of the Punjab Parliament should perform the functions of governor until an incumbent member is appointed in accordance with Article 104 of the Constitution. This development not only changed the situation in the House of Governors, but it could also change the situation in the Punjab Parliament as Chairman Chaudhry Parvez Elahi had to step away to take over as Governor and Vice-Chairman Dost Muhammad Mazari tended to: PML-N.

However, in later developments Ellahi refused to serve as Viceroy General. Elahi spokesperson Dr Zain Ali said: Serb.com At the time, an employee of the governor’s residence arrived at the Punjab Parliament to have the summary signed, but it was returned.

“This is the way the police are deployed outside the governor’s house who would like to go home in this situation,” the spokesperson said.

Both the Speaker and Vice-Chairman of the House of Representatives are under a bill of no confidence.

Meanwhile, Chima demanded reinstatement and filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court, which set up a larger bench to hear the protests.