Governor dissolves Punjab assembly

Published: March 20, 2013
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Shahbaz Sharif sent a summary to governor Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mahmud to dissolve the Punjab Assembly. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Shahbaz Sharif sent a summary to governor Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mahmud to dissolve the Punjab Assembly. PHOTO: EXPRESS

LAHORE: The Punjab GovernoMakhdoom Syed Ahmed Mahmud  dissolved the Punjab assembly as he signed the summary regarding the dissolution submitted by the chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The chief minister had earlier sent a formal summary to the Governor, advising him to dissolve the provincial assembly.

The move came after Pakistan Muslim League –Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif spoke about the assembly being dissolved at a press talk in Lahore.

Three provincial assemblies of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan had been dissolved on March 19.

The prime minister had previously urged the chief ministers of the four provinces to advise their respective governors to dissolve the assemblies by March 19. However, a deadlock on the matter between the government and the PML-N meant that Punjab’s assembly, whose tenure expires on April 9, was not dissolved on March 19.

The PML-N and PPP are still deadlocked over the issue of caretaker chief minister. The former has proposed Justice (Retd) Amir Raza and former federal secretary Khawaja Zaheer for the slot, while the latter has proposed three names – Asma Jahangir, Mian Amir Mehmood and Hefeez Akhtar Randhawa. Interestingly, Asma and Mian Amir have already turned down the role of a caretaker.

If the deadlock persists after three days of the dissolution of the Punjab Assembly, then the speaker will form a six-member committee – with three members from both the opposition and the government – to decide the matter. If the committee, too, fails to evolve a consensus, the matter will go to the Election Commission.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Jibran
    Mar 20, 2013 - 11:04PM

    The one who doesn’t want the post is the best candidate! The one who loves to have the position, has a hidden agenda.

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  • Jamshad
    Mar 21, 2013 - 2:34AM

    Thanks! I am very happy today. Let s vote and bring some better head in govt business.

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  • Born Political
    Mar 21, 2013 - 10:11AM

    What about PTI kids who kept saying SS wont dissolve it until IK jalsa. Btw, I see PTI posters all over lahore, that’s another propaganda to cry over posters.

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  • Iram
    Mar 21, 2013 - 11:21AM

    Thanks Allah, a long period of mismanagement is over. Fake polio vaccine drive, Fake PIC medicine, Fake intermediate result, Doctors strike, nurses strike, Killing of Shia’s and Christians, corruption of police, patwris. And last but not least use of government fund for self projection (10 million used in PU lap top awarding ceremony, and instead of Quaid e Azam snap of Nwaz Sharif on flex etc).

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