A letter to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa was written by Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema on Wednesday. In the letter, Cheema urges Bajwa to play his proper role in the implementation of the province’s constitutional framework.
The Punjab governor expressed his concern about the current political turmoil in the province and called on the army chief to do everything in his power to restore public confidence in the provincial and federal governments.
In the meantime, he forwarded copies of his letters to the prime minister and president regarding the Punjab crisis to the army chief of staff as well.
A letter from Omar Sarfraz Cheema to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif earlier in the day expressed concern about the political and constitutional crisis engulfing the province.
In the letter, the governor of Punjab committed to preserving the country’s Constitution by putting all of his skills and abilities.
There is nothing that can prevent me from stopping your son’s unconstitutional acts, the governor warned the prime minister.
Cheema described Usman Buzdar‘s resignation as “controversial,” and he accused the PML-N of getting the support of PTI lawmakers who had deserted, adding that the defectors had even been paraded in front of the media.
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In his letter, he said that Hamza Shahbaz had taken advantage of his position as the prime minister’s son and that he was the “primary character” behind all of the unconstitutional actions taking place in Punjab.
Asked about infractions of rules connected to a “fraud election” for chief ministership, the governor stated that the Punjab Assembly Secretary had informed him about them.
He insisted that the election had been pronounced “illegal” by the Punjab Advocate General. A number of legal issues were found by the advocate general in relation to the election of the deputy speaker.
The governor went on to say that he had written a letter to the president in order to bring all of the facts to his attention and to ask for his direction in this matter, which he did.
He said that the Inspector General of Punjab and the chief secretary had played an “evil role” in the recent election for the position of the chief minister and that the officials had surrounded the Governor’s House in the name of security ahead of the oath-taking. The governor was also subjected to pressure from the chief secretary.
His accusation against the prime minister was as follows: “You, as prime minister, have brought the country into political turmoil by abusing your powers in an unlawful manner.”
“You, your son, and Maryam Nawaz have been nominated in criminal cases,” the governor remarked, adding that it was “bad luck” for the country that the Prime Minister and Punjab Chief Minister were still in critical positions while being out on bail.
Originally published at lahoreherald.com