Sacked Punjab governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema has refused to step down from the office despite his removal by the federal government through a notification by the Cabinet Division a day earlier.
Cheema said the summary for his removal sent by the premier to the president was rejected due to “exceptional circumstances” but the Cabinet Division still issued the notification for his removal. He termed the notification unconstitutional and said that he would consult constitutional experts and announce his strategy.
صدر پاکستان کے غیر معمولی حالات کے پیش نظرسمری مسترد کرنے کے باوجود کیبینٹ ڈویثرن کا غیر آئینی نوٹیفیکن جاری کیا جسے میں مسترد کرتا ہوں— Omar Sarfraz Cheema (@OmarCheemaPTI) May 10, 2022
ائینی ماہرین سے مشاورت جاری ہے جلد آئندہ کا لائحہ عمل کا اعلان کروں گا ۔ انشاءاللہ pic.twitter.com/8euMPgBh3L
Cheema, who had replaced Chaudhry Sarwar days before the ouster of Imran Khan from the office of the prime minister, is clinging to the post and efforts to remove him, especially after he refused to administer the oath to Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz, were scuttled by the president.
The federal government had sent a summary for the removal of Governor Cheema to the president on April 17. As per the Constitution, the summary would take effect automatically without any decision from the president after the stipulated time period. After the completion of the constitutional period of the summary, the Cabinet Division issued the notification.
According to the notification, Omar Cheema’s term as governor expires today.
“In terms of 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) rendered on 17-04-2022 and 01-05-2022 for removal of governor of Punjab, Omer Sarfraz Cheema ceases to hold the office of the Punjab governor, with immediate effect,” according to the Cabinet Division notification.
“The speaker of the Provincial Assembly of Punjab shall perform the functions of Punjab governor as acting governor till the appointment of a new governor, in accordance with Article 104 of the Constitution,” it had added.