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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

PML-N challenges appointment of governors in SC

ISLAMABAD, Dec 29 : Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Wednesday challenged the appointments of all four governors in the Supreme Court pleading that their appointment stood illegal after the passage of 18th Amendment.

Senior lawyer and PML-N Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah in a constitutional petition pleaded the court to remove all four governors from their offices at once because their appointment was made under old rules which have been changed since the passage of 18th Amendment.

The petition stated that the incumbent governors were appointed by former president Pervez Musharraf under his discretionary powers.

However, under Section 1 of Article 101 of the Constitution, the president will appoint Governor of any province on the advice of the prime minister.

Therefore, the petition said that the appointment of the governors stood invalid after the passage of 18th Amendment.

Zafar Ali Shah pleaded the court that the appointment of all the governors should be declared invalid and they may be removed from their office and speakers of the provincial assemblies may be given the charge as acting governor, while the government appoints new governors under 18th Amendment.

He also pleaded the court that the orders issued by the governors after April 20, 21010, when 18th Amendment was passed, may be declared invalid.

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