For one month Punjab Government has become a burning issue for Pakistani Government since Shahbaz Sharif has been brought down from his status of Chief Minister. In this regard Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that People’s Party Co-chairman, President Asif Ali Zardari will decide whether the party will sit on government or opposition benches in Punjab. He said the eyes of the international media are focused over the situation of Punjab. Gilani said he has powers to lift governor rule from the province and whenever he will give advice to the president, the governor rule will be lifted from the province.
Meanwhile A seven-member larger bench has issued notice to the federation during hearing of the petitions challenging Governor’s Rule in Punjab. The court adjourned the hearing of three petitions till Friday. It may be noted that Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Sayed Zahid Hussain on Tuesday reconstituted a full bench for the hearing. The full bench comprises of the CJ LHC Syed Zahid Hussain, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, and Justice Nasim Sikandar, Justice Maulvi Anwar ul Haq, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry and Justice Fazal-e-Miran Chauhan. Earlier, a single bench comprising Justice Asif Saeed Khosa issued notices to the respondents and referred the matter to the CJ for constituting a larger bench. The petitions were filed by advocates Malik Tariq Aziz and Zahid Malik challenging the governor’s rule in Punjab which was imposed by President Asif Zardari on 25th February following the disqualification of Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif.
PML-N has accused Punjab Governor Salman Taseer of using the powers of Chief Minister for which he is not authorized. Addressing a news conference here on Wednesday, PML-N leaders Rana Sanaullah and Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa said: “Governor Punjab appointed 16 judges, 150 new administrators in market committees and transferred, and posted around 1000 officials. “Now 40, 000 educators are being hired,” they said. They further told that Inspector General of Punjab Police was given the task to purchase MPAs for PPP while a plan was prepared to blow up the Chenab Bridge during long march. The PML-N leaders asked the Chief Secretary and IG Police not to follow the illegal and unlawful orders of Governor.
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