Khosa's appointment challenged in LHC

Published: January 12, 2011
Former Attorney General Sardar Latif Khosa has been appointed as the Governor of Punjab.

Former Attorney General Sardar Latif Khosa has been appointed as the Governor of Punjab.


The appointment of Latif Khosa as the new governor of Punjab was challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday.

The petition, filed by a citizen, states that Khosa is not eligible for the post of governor under articles 62 and 63 of the constitution because he was removed from the office of Attorney General in 2009 on charges of corruption and the Supreme Court had presented observations against him during the hearing of two different cases.

The court summoned the president of the Lahore High Court Bar Association, Abdul Quddus Mian, for assistance and has adjourned the hearing until January 19.

Updated from print edition (below)

Change of guard: Latif Khosa appointed new governor of Punjab

After days of guessing and speculation, President Asif Ali Zardari announced on Tuesday the appointment of Sardar Muhammad Latif Khosa, an influential lawyer, as the new governor of Punjab. Khosa will replace Salmaan Taseer, who was gunned down on January 4 by one of his own security guards incensed by his statements against the controversial blasphemy laws.

Presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar confirmed that President Zardari has signed the summary for the appointment of Khosa, who belongs to the impoverished southern Punjab. The summary was sent by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

According to the Associated Press of Pakistan, Khosa was scheduled to be sworn in at the Governor House in Lahore on Wednesday at 1 pm. However, the oath-taking has been postponed till Thursday due to the murder of Justice Javed Iqbal’s parents.

Sources told The Express Tribune that a real estate tycoon  had lobbied for Khosa with President Zardari who had to make a choice from several contenders for the coveted slot.

Khosa will be the 27th governor of Punjab. And this will be his third important assignment in a less than three-year tenure of the PPP-led coalition government.

Khosa, a lawyer by profession, was a close associate of slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto and he had argued graft cases against her and her spouse in courts on several occasions.

Soon after the PPP came to power after the 2008 elections Khosa was appointed Attorney-General for Pakistan on August 19, but was removed from the office in October 2009 on charges of corruption.

On February 10, 2010, he was appointed adviser to the prime minister on information technology and served in the capacity until he was asked to defend the government in the Supreme Court in cases related to the defunct National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).

Khosa, also a member of the Senate, has been very active in bar politics and his group won important Supreme Court Bar Association and Pakistan Bar Council elections last year.

Khosa was also instrumental in the lawyers’ movement for the restoration of dozens of senior judges sacked by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in 2007. However, later he apparently distanced himself from the movement till the judges were reinstated by the PPP-led government in 2009 following a long march by rival PML-N.

Relations between the PML-N and PPP remained strained during the tenure of Khosa’s predecessor Salmaan Taseer, who was an outspoken critic of the Sharifs’ party.  The choice of Khosa came after the PPP acquiesced to the PML-N’s 10-point agenda to improve performance of the federal government.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • Sara
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:45PM

    I knew that. EXPRESS broke that news far ago.Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Jan 11, 2011 - 9:48PM

    I knew that… PPP are very much known for their stupid decisions. Commiserations to Babar Awan, your aggressive speeches especially after Salman Taseer case didn’t help you get an edge over Khosa.Recommend

  • Nasir Ali
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:05PM

    Mew Post Mubarik I wish u better relation with Punjab GovRecommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:31PM

    Mr. Latif Khosa has to work very hard to maintain cordial relations with the government of PML(N) and at the same time he has to organize PPP in the Punjab province to gear up for the next general elections.Recommend

  • Nadir El-Edroos
    Jan 11, 2011 - 10:39PM

    Psycophants always get ahead! Horray to kleptocracy Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:07PM

    An inteligent man he can only do goodRecommend

  • SophiaBashir
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:42PM

    OMG….another blunder for Pakistan, this man has been known for his corruption and has been removed twice previously from his Govt positions. 2ndly his wife had bundles of money stolen from her bag but no one knew till today that where this money came from? Mr Zardari PLZ PLZ PLZ have some pitty on the soul of Shaheed Mohtarma BB and on the poor people of Pakistan. YA ALLAH PAK HUM MAZLOOMO KI MADAD FARMA (AAMIN).Recommend

  • Muhammad Tariq
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:42PM

    Very unfortunate for Pakistan, Punjab and its Party.
    Thus proven that PPP supports corruption, nepotism and bad governance.Recommend

  • KM
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:49PM

    Possibly he will have a record number of positions in 5 years …Recommend

  • DRBS
    Jan 11, 2011 - 11:56PM

    Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.
    Wish you success , Sardar sahib.Recommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 12:03AM

    My congratulations to Mr. Khosa. Hope he can improve the governance in Punjab as he did in the capacity of PM’s advisor for IT.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Jan 12, 2011 - 12:16AM

    Sophia basher please name one honest person in Pakistan
    You see every one corrupt
    People like u bring instabilityRecommend

  • Nadia
    Jan 12, 2011 - 1:31AM

    OH my god please someone help these poor people of PakistanRecommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 3:56AM

    Baddar sahib was a better choice in my highly humble opinion.Recommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 8:39AM

    Congratulations Khosa Sahib.
    A better choice than Dr. Babar Awan who was in impression that by fiery speeches he would be considered as good replacement of TASEERRecommend

  • Maria
    Jan 12, 2011 - 9:37AM

    That’s because people who complain the most about corruption are often the most corrupt themselves. That’s why they see corruption everywhere. Give the new Governor a chance before you pass judgement. Maybe he’ll prove you wrong and do a good job. Maybe you’ll be right but your label now is hardly fair.Recommend

  • RizwanTKhan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 10:18AM

    This was the guy whom PM threw out from the post of Attorney General over his corruption. Now, he is the Governor of Punjab? LOL. Great going PM!Recommend

  • Khan
    Jan 12, 2011 - 11:12AM

    How apt that a man that has been accused of corruption in every position he has ever held gets the position of Governor of Punjab!

    Its shocking that in a nation of 180 million, we continue to post the same corrupt and incompetent officials again and again until they have siphoned off enough funds for their entire extended families. Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Jan 12, 2011 - 11:58AM

    A bad decision. Mr Latif Khosa is not “GOVERNOR MATERIAL”. There are many competent people in Punjab PPP. Recommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 2:18PM

    There can’t be any replacement of Salman Taseer. Khosa, Awan or whoever comes next won’t make no difference.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jan 12, 2011 - 2:19PM

    This is very good decision, and a man from southern punjab deserve something in the province

    wish you good luckRecommend

  • Analyser
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:03PM

    Sad to see what we are left with after the departure of Mr. Taseer. Recommend

  • ammal
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:15PM

    Mr Latif Khosa is known for his corruption .. unfortunately President wants his companion to be there with him..Recommend

  • Jan 12, 2011 - 3:41PM

    I hear you Nadir. Hooray indeed to kleptocracy!

    I believed in giving the PPP a chance. I believed in letting this democratic government work till 2013. But the PPP has taken away every logical reason that could be used to defend them with. Only God is ensuring this country sees the end of everyday, otherwise the PPP and Co (all other political parties) have tried to ensure the very name of Pakistan ends up at the bottom of some ocean.Recommend

  • Waris Junejo
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:48PM

    Aitzaz Ahsan was a much better choice. God knows why such man of caliber are overlooked.Recommend

  • Danish
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:49PM

    If Faisal Reza Abidi can be senator and Jamshed Dasti can be Minister, Khosa can be Governor. Recommend

  • Danish
    Jan 12, 2011 - 3:53PM

    And how can people forget, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir were both kicked out twice for on corruption charges, and they seem to be very well respected, why not Khosa be given a chance?? Recommend

  • @@
    Jan 13, 2011 - 12:08AM

    *Constitution of Pakistan: Provisions as to Members of [63][Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)]
    Article 62 (e): “he has adequate knowledge of Islamic teachings and practises obligatory duties prescribed by Islam as well as abstains from major sins” ;
    Article 62 (f): “he is sagacious, righteous and non-profligate, honest and ameen, there being no declaration to the contrary by a court of law”;
    Article 63 (i): “he has been dismissed from the service of Pakistan or service of a corporation or office set up or, controlled, by the Federal Government, Provincial Government or a Local Government on the grounds of misconduct, unless a period of five years has elapsed since his dismissal”;

    Everyone kindly now decide can he be the Governor at all, that is constitutionally, otherwise, “yaha sab chalta ha !!!” with sarcastic smileRecommend

  • Jan 13, 2011 - 9:17PM

    RACE OF CORRUPTION. Admittedly Mr.Latif Khosa was removed from the post of Attorney General on the allegation of corruption. Keeping in view the aforesaid allegation this person shoult not have been appointed on this post. The sereies of direct appointment by PPP government on key posts and corruption scandals do suggest the criteria for their selection. What message is being flowed to public in general and even to our new generation. Here everything is not right, rather the persons who are either corrupt or evil genious are being appointed on key posts. Even past history also speaks about the then rulers. But when the time would come, when our rulers would make appointments and posting as per sayings of our Quaid i.e Foundar of Pakistan. Very said. But the time is running very fast. I have also read the aforesaid provisions of constitution and to my humble view, the appointment of Mr.Khosa as Governor is against the constitution of Pakistan. Mr.Gallani’s claim is also not true and here speaks volume. How long we are and would betray the confidence of public in general. Very sad. Although here I am writing but am powerless. I pray to Almighty Allah to save Pakistan from corrupt people.Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Jan 14, 2011 - 11:41AM

    Don’t worry Khosa, Sharif has retired!!!!!Recommend

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