Federal govt orders removal of Omar Sarfraz Cheema as Punjab governor

PTI leader refuses to leave office

05:28 PM | 17 Apr, 2022
Federal govt orders removal of Omar Sarfraz Cheema as Punjab governor
Source: @OmarCheemaPTI (Twitter)
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LAHORE – Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema was removed by the federal government as PTI leader refused to administer the oath to Chief Minister-elect Hamza Shehbaz Sharif.

The development comes hours after Cheema postponed the swearing-in ceremony of newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz while he held consultations with the legal team.

Reports suggest that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has used his discretionary powers to remove Cheema, who has been directed to leave the governor house at the earliest. Meanwhile, the premier has also sent a summary to the president in this regard.

PTI leader visited PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi at his residence and condemned the assault that occurred during the voting in the Punjab Assembly on Saturday.

Cheema mentioned that PM Shehbaz was not authorized to remove him from his office, saying the power rests with the President only. 

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