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Pakistan President Arif Alvi (File Photo)
Pakistan President Arif Alvi (File Photo)

Pakistan President rejects PM's advice to remove Punjab Governor

ANI | Updated: May 09, 2022 23:37 IST

Islamabad [pakistan], May 9 (ANI): Pakistan President Arif Alvi on Monday strongly rejected Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's advice to remove the Punjab province Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema from his office, a local media reported.
"The president further highlighted that he was committed to stand by the provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan in these difficult times and strongly rejected the advice of the prime minister to remove the Punjab governor," the President's Secretariat said in a press release.
Earlier, on April 17, Prime Minister Sharif sent the first summary where he recommended that the name of Pakistan Peoples' Party Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood for the position of Punjab Governor, Dawn newspaper reported.
However, when the President returned the summary, after holding it for 15 days, without a decision, Shehbaz Sharif re-endorsed the advice on Saturday asking for the appointment of a Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) loyal, Balighur Rehman as the Punjab Governor.
President conveyed to the Prime Minister that the Governor cannot be removed without his approval and would continue to "hold office during the pleasure of the president" in accordance with clause 3 of Article 101 of the Constitution, reported Dawn newspaper.

"He wrote that the incumbent governor cannot be removed as there was neither any allegation of misconduct nor conviction by any court of law or of any act committed by him contrary to the Constitution of Pakistan," said the press release.
Pakistan President highlighted the Governor's constitutional role and said that he had sent a report on proceedings regarding the Chief Minister's election in the Punjab Assembly that had raised the questions regarding the validity of Usman Buzdar's resignation as the provincial chief and the shifting of MPA loyalties.
"The President emphasised that it was essential that the incumbent Governor should continue to stay to encourage and promote a healthy and clean democratic system where members are not coerced or bought to bring about an illegitimate change and Article 63A of the Constitution specifically discouraged such activities," the press release added.
Earlier in the day, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said the president was bound to follow the prime minister's advice and any deviation from it would be unconstitutional, according to Dawn.
He said the presidency was a symbolic office in a parliamentary democracy and did not have "veto power". "The presidency is not a PTI secretariat. Don't be a slave to Imran Khan [and] follow the Constitution," Sanaullah said. (ANI)