Pakistan

Punjab governor rejects Usman Buzdar’s resignation

Lahore-Punjab Governor Omer Sarfraz Cheema has rejected the abdication of Usman Buzdar — who had stepped down as the parochial principal superintendent on March 28 — on Saturday, declaring that it was”not naturally valid”.

The development comes just hours before Punjab Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shehbaz is set to take the pledge as Buzdar’s successor at a form at Governor House at10.30 am. Last evening, the Lahore High Court directed the National Assembly Speaker to administer the pledge.
The governor, who has been refusing to administer the pledge to Hamza despite court directives to perform the duty, informed Punjab Assembly Speaker Pavez Elahi of his decision in a letter, a dupe of which is available withDawn.com.
In the letter, Cheema wrote that in light of”the recent developments and preceding indigenous extremity, I feel that it would be unsuitable of Governor’s office unless I bring to your notice the true and correct data relating to the contended resignation of Chief Minister Mr. Sardar Usman Ahmed Khan Buzdar”.
Evolving on the”saga” that unfolded after Buzdar submitted his abdication on March 28, Cheema refocused out that the” communication which was nominated as the abdication” was a published letter addressed to the high minister.
He maintained that under Composition 130 (8) of the Constitution, the communication couldn’t be treated as a letter of abdication as the said provision commanded that in order for an abdication letter to be valid, it had to be handwritten and addressed to the governor.
Cheema said it sounded Buzdar wasn’t advised duly on the matter or there may be some other reasons for these crimes” stylish know to him” (Buzdar).
He rued that Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, who was the Punjab governor when Buzdar had submitted his abdication, hadn’t taken into consideration the counteraccusations of Composition 130 (8).
“This is despite the fact that the mentioned gentleman in public gathering/ press conference conceded these indigenous scarcities as detailed hereinabove,”Cheema stressed, adding that Buzdar’s communication was” inaptly treated”by Sarwar as a abdication.
Cheema said after replacing Sarwar as the governor, he’d sought the advice of the advocate general of Punjab on Buzdar’s abdication.
He added that the advocate general had written a letter to him on April 18, expressing an opinion that was” astounding”.
” According to him ( advocate general), Mr Buzdar’s abdication which was treated as a abdication and notified consequently was hugely unconstitutional”.
Cheema said in the advocate general’s opinion, the abdication was in violation of Composition 130 (8). Also, Cheema continued,”the discussion inter se further stressed that the posterior announcement were invalid in law because the very abdication and acceptance thereof was in violation to law”.
Cheema recalled that he’d communicated these details to President Arif Alvi via a letter encouraged to the ultimate on April 23.
In this connection, he added that” issues relating to the disputed election between the rival campaigners to the office of the chief minister was largely disturbing and in violation to the Constitution as well as the Rules of the Assembly”.
Cheema said this, too, was communicated to the chairman.
He further appertained to the Lahore High Court’s (LHC’s) orders on the matter, saying that the LHC had directed now directed National Assembly Speaker Raja Parvez Ashraf to administer pledge to Hamza, whose election” was marred by chaos, fermentation and is hugely doubtful”.
Former Punjab education minister Murad Raas verified the development in a tweet before, saying that Cheema had restored Buzdar’s press and a meeting of the parochial press had been called latterly.

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