Saturday, January 28, 2023

President Arif Alvi denies PM advice to remove Punjab governor

President Dr. Arif Alvi has denied Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s recommendation to dismiss Governor of Punjab Umer Sarfaraz Cheema from his position.

According to a statement released by the President, “the Governor shall hold office during the pleasure of the President.” Clause 3 of Pakistan’s Constitution, Article 101, was referred to in the statement. As a result, he stated, “the current governor cannot be dismissed because there has been no charge of misconduct, and no court has found him to have committed a crime, or because he has been convicted of any act performed by him in violation of the Pakistani Constitution.”

The President also emphasized the constitutional responsibility of the Governor, particularly in light of the recent events in the Punjab Assembly, during his speech. Following the resignation of former Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and the sale of votes during the CM elections, the Governor called into doubt their legality.

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It has been declared by the President that removing the Governor would be against the rules of justice and unfair, given that he has not done anything that is in violation of the Pakistani constitution.

“It was critical that the incumbent Governor remains in office in order to encourage and promote a healthy and clean democratic system in which members are not coerced or bought into bringing about an illegitimate change, and Article 63A of the Constitution specifically discouraged such activities,” Arif Alvi continued.

The President went on to say that he is devoted to upholding Pakistan’s constitution and that he “strongly” rejects the Prime Minister’s recommendation to remove Governor Punjab from office.

The President went on to say that he was determined to uphold the principles of the Pakistani Constitution during these trying times and that he strongly disagreed with the Prime Minister’s recommendation that the Governor of Punjab is removed.

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