LHC throws out petition seeking Punjab governor’s removal
Justice Muzzamil Akhtar Shabbir heard the petition filed by Shahid Aurakzai.
Assistant Advocate General Barrister Hassan Khalid Ranjha represented the Punjab government in the case to which the federal government was made the respondent through secretary Cabinet Division, principal secretary-II, Governor House and secretary law.
Shahid Aurakzai, the petitioner, had stated that contrary to the federal government’s policy, the Punjab government had announced subsidy on the sugar export this year. “Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar failed to use his influence under Article-105 of the constitution to bar the Punjab government from doing this which was in violation of the Center’s decision,” the petition reads.
The petitioner further said that the governor did not even inform the federal government of the advantages of sugar export to Punjab. “If Chaudhry Sarwar had intimated the federal government about the provincial government’s announcement of subsidy, sugar crisis could have been prevented,” he said, and prayed to the court that since the Punjab governor was not fulfilling his duties, he be removed from the post.
When Justice Muzzamil asked the petitioner under which clause of the constitution the governor was bound to intimate Centre about the provincial government’s violation of its policy, the latter replied that the matter was covered by Article-148.