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IHC objects to Cheema’s petition over Punjab governor seat

Assistant Registrar Asad Khan claims matter falls under Punjab’s jurisdiction, does not concern IHC

The Islamabad High Court registrar’s office on Thursday objected on the petition filed by Omar Sarfaraz Cheema against his termination from the post of Punjab governor.

Assistant Registrar Asad Khan raised objection to the application and said that the matter falls under Punjab’s jurisdiction and does not concern the IHC. “This petition is not admissible against the two parties concerned,” he added.

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Cheema, while filing a plea with the IHC via his lawyer Babar Awan, contended that the governor serves as the president’s agent in the province according to the constitution, and was not part of the executive branch.

“With the consent of the President, I could remain in office but Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has illegally removed me from office to benefit his son Hamza,” he stated in his petition.

The former governor said that the notification issued to remove him from office was unconstitutional.

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“Removing me from office has created a constitutional crisis in the country’s largest province, the province has been running without a cabinet for two months now,” he lamented.

Cheema, while declaring his notification as illegal, further requested that action should be taken against the Cabinet Division official who issued or directed his removal, and declared the notification as illegal.

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