Chaudhry Sarwar appointed Governor of Punjab

I can be a bridge between overseas Pakistanis and Pakistanis here, says Sarwar.


Reuters/web Desk July 31, 2013
Chaudhry Sarwar. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday appointed Chaudhry Sarwar as the new Governor of Punjab, Express News reported.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday had sent a summary to the President recommending Sarwar for the post.

Sarwar is a British citizen who reportedly arrived from the United Kingdom and met Nawaz Sharif on the offers of two alternative posts, High Commissioner to UK or Governor of Punjab.

"Everything that I have learnt in my time in Britain - the knowledge and how to run institutions - I can use it for the benefit of Pakistanis," said Sarwar, 60, who was born in Punjab.

"I can be a bridge between overseas Pakistanis and Pakistanis here and work for the betterment of both."

Punjab is home to half of Pakistan's 180 million people and
is the country's wealthiest province, thanks to its fertile
fields and industry in the booming city of Lahore, home to an
ancient Mughal fort.

Having served as Labour Party Member of Parliament in Glasgow for 13 years, Sarwar comes with the experience of legislation besides having been a successful businessman.

Britain has promised to give Pakistan 446 million pounds
($680.57 million) next year in aid. The biggest chunk will pay
fees for poor students and improve schools in Punjab.

COMMENTS (23)

Raheel | 7 years ago | Reply

Mohammed Sarwar is a man who stepped down from British politics after the British parliamentary expenses scandal. Sarwar had claimed a record near £175,000 in 2008-09, being dubbed Britain’s most expensive MP. He has also stood trial for allegedly bribing political opponents and one of his son’s was convicted for alleged money laundering and spent 3 years in jail. This is the real experience that Sarwar will bring to Pakistan. It is shocking beyond belief that this man can assume such a significant political position in Pakistan. One of his other sons, Anas Sarwar, is now also a British MP. How can such a person be trusted as to where his real loyalty lies? With Pakistan or Britain?Sarwar is a pure political opportunist and the Sharif brothers have confirmed once again that quid pro quos are given to their cronies who have helped them. What a dismal day for the people of Punjab.

Abdussamad | 7 years ago | Reply

@expaki: He'll be busy collecting duty during the next few years. We'll all have to pay for his alien "expertise" in more ways than one!

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