Former Attorney-General Senator Sardar Latif Khosa is being made new Governor of Punjab. Notification is yet to be issued in this regard soon. Sources told Pakistan Times that this decision was made after day-long discussion between President and Prime Minister and senior party leaders at Bilawal House to finalize the name for the challenging post in the country’s largest province. The office of the Punjab governor fell vacant after Governor Salman Taseer was gunned down by his own security guard in Islamabad on Tuesday.
He has been known for being a close ally of president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. Furthermore he has been Prime Minister’s advisor on IT. His profile has been interesting as he resigned from the office of Attorney-General and as Prime Minister’s advisor on IT. He has represented Federal Government in NRO review case before Supreme Court after his resignation from office of Attorney-General. Furthermore a new lawyer would be appointed to represent NRO cases.
It was expected that a strong person would be selected from PPP to represent Federation in Punjab as constitutional head. Because Punjab is considered a stronghold of PPP’s arch-rival PML-N and appointment of Salmaan Taseer’s replacement is certainly a tough test for the President.There is no doubt that the PPP, which has been struggling to gain footing in Punjab, has got a severe blow after Salman Taseer’s murder. Thus Latif Khosa is expected to work on similar lines, Salman Taseer had been doing in respect of giving strength to PPP in Punjab. Current People’s Party government expect him to be mouth organ of PPP in Punjab. Furthermore he is expected to be vocal for keeping alive Pakistan People’s Party in Punjab, whereas coalition government with PML(N) in Punjab has been going to dogs. As the PML-N chief had announced that the provincial government would say goodbye to the PPP in the province on Monday.
But there was one source of worry for Latif Khosa; Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had some reservations over his nomination, sources in PPP told It is pertinent to note how PML-N will respond to his appointment.