Omar Sarfaraz Cheema, governor of the Punjab, has been named

Omar Sarfaraz Cheema, governor of the Punjab, has been named

On Tuesday, Punjab Governor Omar Sarfaraz Cheema was denotified. The news comes only hours after President Arif Alvi vehemently opposed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s recommendation that Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema be removed from his post. Despite the President’s rejection of the Prime Minister’s advice, the cabinet division issued a notification late Monday night removing Omar Cheema as governor of Punjab. “In accordance with Article 101 and proviso to Article 48 (1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, read with serial No. 2D of schedule V-B to the Rules of Business, 1973, and the Prime Minister’s advice (s) for removal of Governor of Punjab rendered on 17-04-2022 and 01-05-2022, Omer Sarfaraz Cheema ceases to hold the position of Governor of Punjab.”

Incumbent Governor Cheema has been causing problems for the PML-N in Punjab ever since he was given the post by Imran Khan during his last days in power. The governor had triggered a constitutional crisis after he refused to administer the oath to Chief Minister Punjab Hamza Shahbaz. Hamza was finally sworn in after the Lahore High Court ordered NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to administer the oath.

According to the notification, henceforth, the speaker of the Punjab assembly will perform his responsibilities as acting governor of Punjab till the appointment of the new governor. According to the sources, security has also been withdrawn from Omar Cheema following his removal from the governor’s post. The federal government has already nominated Baligh-ur-Rehman as the new governor of Punjab. Rehman, who hails from Bhawalpur, was elected from the NA-185 constituency in 2008 and 2013. He had earlier served as the state minister for education, interior and narcotics control when Nawaz Sharif became prime minister after the PML-N’s victory in the 2013 elections.

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