Ahead of Hamza’s oath-taking, Punjab governor rejects Buzdar resignation

Restores Buzdar’s position as chief minister: Cites constitutional lacunae to reject his resignation: Buzdar likely to summon his cabinet ahead of new CM-elect swearing-in

By: News Desk
Published: 09:44 AM, 30 Apr, 2022
Ahead of Hamza’s oath-taking, Punjab governor rejects Buzdar resignation
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Punjab Governor Omer Sarfraz Cheema has rejected the resignation of Usman Buzdar who resigned from chief ministership of the province after raising constitutional objections, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Saturday.

The governor has condoned the Lahore High Court orders regarding administration of oath to Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shehbaz after citing constitutional lacunae which according to him render the CM election held on April 16 void.

In a swift move ahead of CM-elect Hamza’s oath taking today, Governor Cheema rejected Buzdar’s resignation and restored his earlier position along with his cabinet. 

LHC Justice Jawad Hassan passed an order yesterday on the third petition of the CM-elect seeking implementation of the two previous court orders on his petitions directing National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to administer oath to Hamza today (Saturday) at 11:30am after President Arif Alvi and Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema failed to obey the earlier court orders.

But the governor rejected Buzdar’s resignation on the grounds that the latter’s resignation did not fulfil the requirements of Sub Section 8 of Article 130 of the Constitution as Buzdar tendered his resignation to then prime minister Imran Khan and not the governor, which was constitutionally wrong. 

After rejecting Buzdar’s resignation, the governor wrote a letter to Punjab Assembly Speaker Ch Pervaiz Elahi. 

Sources said that Speaker Elahi had received Governor Cheema’s letter. 

The PTI claims that since the resignation of Usman Buzdar has been rejected, the Punjab Cabinet also stands restored along with him. 

The PTI sources informed that the restored Chief Minister Buzdar would summon his cabinet in a bit and would chalk out future strategy in the event of installation of the new chief minister who is going to be sworn in after a couple of hours today. 

Source are of the view that the PTI is not letting it go and wants to hold its grip on the population-wise largest province of Pakistan.