Syed Baligh-ur-Rehman, a former federal minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), has been nominated as the new governor of the Punjab province by the federal government.
According to reliable sources, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has given a summary to President Dr. Arif Alvi in which he requests that Baligh-ur-Rehman be appointed as the governor of Punjab.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has written a brief to President Dr. Arif Alvi, urging him to remove Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema and appoint an interim governor in his place. This is the second time Sharif has done so.
Cheema was sworn in as governor on April 3 by the former Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, following the removal of Chaudhry Sarwar from the position following accusations that he had persuaded the Aleem Khan group to vote in favor of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Hamza Shehbaz.
As soon as he took office, Cheema declared the resignation of Usman Buzdar “unconstitutional,” claiming that the former governor accepted the resignation despite the fact that it was not handwritten in accordance with the Constitution, which states that resignations should be addressed to the governor.
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Governor Cheema had also expressed his displeasure with the election of Hamza Shahbaz as the chief minister of Punjab, calling it ‘unconstitutional.’ He also refused to take the oath of office from Chief Minister Hamza.
Rehman, who is originally from Bahawalpur, also served as Federal Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training in the Abbasi cabinet from August 2017 until May 2018.
In the previous Sharif administration, he served as Minister of State Federal Education, Minister of the Interior, and Minister of Narcotics Control from 2013 to 2017.
He had also served as a member of the National Assembly (NA) since 2008.
Originally published at lahoreherald.com