CJ IHC sets up larger bench in ex-governor Punjab petition


From Wasim Kambo

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Athar Minallah formed a larger bench to hear petition of former Governor Punjab Umar Sarfraz Cheema challenging his removal from post.

Court also removed objections of registrar office raised against plea. Chief Justice Athar Minallah this day heard petition with objections of registrar office IHC on it. At outset of hearing, Petitioner’s lawyer Dr. Baber Awan argued that Registrar Office raised two objections against their case. Firstly, office had objected over attaching a photocopy of notification regarding removal of Governor Punjab and secondly it stated that matter didn’t fall into jurisdiction of this court. Chief Justice remarked that bindings and powers of President of Pakistan had already been explained by top court. There was a parliamentary government system instead of a presidential in country, he added. Chief Justice directed Dr. Baber Awan to come up at next hearing after reading out judgments of Supreme Court in this regard. Court also asked lawyer that powers regarding appointment of a Governor had been explained when he was a law minister.