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Imran Khan asks SC to intervene in governor Punjab’s de-notification issue

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  • Imran Khan terms government “imported puppets”.
  • He says government has violated Constitution.
  • Marriyum Aurangzeb slams Khan for demands.

ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan Tuesday called on the Supreme Court of Pakistan to intervene and take suo motu notice of Omar Sarfaraz Cheema’s removal from the governor of Punjab’s office.

The Cabinet Division, in the wee hours of Monday, denotified Cheema after President Arif Alvi rejected PM Shehbaz’s advice to remove him from the office of the governor.

In his statement today, the former prime minister, referring to the government as “imported puppets”, said it was “attempting to create an atmosphere which would lead to constitutional chaos.”

Terming Hamza Shahbaz’s chief minister election a “fraud”, the PTI chairman said the incumbent government has “overlooked” all constitutional requirements, violated them, and humiliated the president’s office.

Read more: Omar Sarfaraz Cheema denotified as governor Punjab

Despite constitutional safeguards, an attempt was made to remove the Punjab governor through “shameful means”, Khan said, adding that “all were silent” when the Constitution was being openly violated in Punjab.

“It is imperative that the Supreme Court, in view of the delicacy of the situation, should look into the matter on its own,” the ex-prime minister added.

The call for Supreme Court’s intervention come as the president had “strongly rejected” the prime minister’s advice to remove Cheema, but the Cabinet Division still de-notified him as governor.

“In terms of Article 101 and proviso to Article 48 (1) of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, read with serial No. 2D of schedule V-B to the Rules of Business, 1973 and the Prime Minister’s advice (s) rendered on 17-04-2022 and 01-05-2022 for removal of Governor of Punjab, Mr Omer Sarfaraz Cheema ceases to hold the office of the Governor Punjab, with immediate effect,” the notification read.

Cheema had been causing problems for the PML-N in Punjab ever since he was given the post by Khan during his last days in power. The governor had triggered a constitutional crisis after he refused to administer the oath to CM Punjab Hamza.

Hamza was finally sworn in after the Lahore High Court ordered NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to administer the oath.

Read more: President Alvi ‘strongly rejects’ PM Shehbaz’s advice to remove Punjab governor

Cheema had last week said that he would arrest CM Punjab Hamza Shehbaz Sharif if provided “a subedar and four soldiers” and had also asked Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa to play his “role” in the implementation of the Constitutional framework in Punjab.

The federal government has nominated Baligh-ur-Rehman as the new governor of Punjab.

Cheema refuses to accept orders

In response, Cheema refused to accept the orders regarding his removal issued by the Cabinet Division.

He said President Alvi had rejected the summary for his removal sent by the premier due to “exceptional circumstances” but the Cabinet Division still issued the notification for his removal.

Terming the notification “unconstitutional”, he said that he would consult legal experts and announce his strategy.

Meanwhile, police sources told Geo News that Cheema was denied entrance to the Governor House.

‘No moral ground to seek SC intervention’

Responding to Khan’s demand, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said the PTI chairman, who himself had “sheer disregard for courts”, had no moral ground to appeal to the Supreme Court for taking notice of Cheema’s removal.

Khan seemed to have “no iota of shame” as despite being a “violator of the Constitution himself”, was talking about the supremacy of the Constitution, she said in a statement.

Aurangzeb said the “fascist era” of the Imran-led government would continue to be condemned for bullying the Constitution. It, she added, had exposed the “political hypocrisy” of the PTI chairman.

The constitutional posts of the governor, speaker and deputy speaker were disrespected at Khan’s whims, the minister said.

Marriyum said the “drama of constitutional violations” staged by the PTI leadership in the National Assembly before the vote of the no-trust motion was repeated in the Punjab Assembly as well.

The unconstitutional and fascist approach of the PTI leadership had led to the opening of court doors at midnight opening, she added.

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After taking an oath to lead JI, Hafiz Naeem declares an anti-government movement.

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The JI’s headquarters, Mansoora, hosted an oath-taking ceremony that was attended by workers, party leaders, and former chief of the party Sirajul Haq, Liaqat Baloch, and others from around the nation.

Speaking at the event, Hafiz Naeem—who was elected as the JI’s sixth Ameer—reaffirmed the party’s commitment to advancing its principles and goals and stated that he believed the JI would lead the nation as a whole.

He added that his party would start a broad campaign against the “fake democratic” process and Form 47, which the government “imposed.” He went on, “Workers should get ready for the movement.”

Hafiz Naeem further urged the JI to collaborate with like-minded groups who feel that the public mandate was “stolen” on February 8.

Hafiz Naeem succeeded Maulana Abul Ala Maududi (1941–72), Sirajul Haq (2013–2024), Qazi Hussain Ahmed (1987–2008), Munawer Hassan (2008–2013), and Mian Tufail Muhammad (1972–87) as the sixth individual to occupy the top spot in the party.

Sirajul Haq was replaced as Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan by Hafiz Naeem, who was elected earlier on April 4.

Voting was done by some 45,000 party members nationwide, according to the election commission that the JIP’s Majlis-e-Shura created.

Approximately 6,000 female party members participated in the election process, according to the election commission. There was a registered turnout of 82 percent overall.

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Hamid Raza says Nawaz Sharif used the Faizabad sit-in to criticize institutions.

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The individual asserted that they had proof of the PML-N’s betrayal during the 2017 Faizabad sit-in, citing knowledge of the protest from both General Faiz Hameed (Retd) and former Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa (Retd).

The PML-N workers in Rawalpindi were instructed to make sure that people participated in the sit-in, while the then-Punjab administration assisted in organizing it, according to Hamid Raza.

The head of the SIC said that while the goals of the Faizabad sit-in were correct, the event was deliberately planned to include individuals who carried signs criticizing government agencies.

During the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) sit-in, he said, workers for the PML-N were also among those who received money.

Remember that the investigation commission cleared former spy chief Faiz Hameed of all charges when it was established to look into the 2017 sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad.

To protest the changes made to the Election Act of 2017, which changed the word “oath” to “declaration,” the TLP staged a sit-in at the Faizabad junction on November 8, 2017.

In a submission to the Supreme Court, former PEMRA chairman Absar Alam said that pressure was applied to the media regulating body during the Faizabad sit-in by former ISI commander Faiz Hameed.

After the Fact-Finding Committee report was rejected by the Supreme Court, the federal government formed an inquiry commission led by retired Inspector General Akhtar Ali Shah.

The probe panel, however, handed the former intelligence head the clean pass in its 149-page report, which was released Thursday.

Faiz Hameed was granted authorization for the arrangement, according to the commission, by the then-DG ISI and Army Chief. Additionally included in the article was the inclusion of Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and then-Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the arrangement.

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Tajir Dost app: traders don’t seem interested in registering

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To tax retailers in Pakistan, the Tajir Dost app was released. The sources stated that the government hopes to tax 3.5 million merchants through the app.

Ajmal Baloch, the president of All-Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran, stated that he made reservations with FBR on the SRO within a week.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), according to him, cannot be a “Tajir Dost” because of its unethical actions.

Baloch believed that since electricity bills allow traders to pay a predetermined advance income tax, further taxes are unnecessary.

The trader, according to him, is already paying thirteen different kinds of taxes on the commercial meter. “A trader already pays between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000 in taxes annually, but you are requesting Rs. 1,200 per month in taxes.”

Mr. Ajmal summoned representatives of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to a meeting with the trade associations to talk about the indirect taxes that the merchants are paying.

Additionally, he claimed that FBR officers are charging the traders, the majority of whom are less educated, “monthly charges.”

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