The federal government has removed Punjab Governor Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar ahead of the vote on the no-trust motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry announced the government’s decision on his official Twitter account.
The minister said that the new governor would be announced later. “According to the Constitution, the deputy speaker [of the Punjab Assembly] will be the acting governor,” he said.
Sarwar is a former member of the British parliament and had abandoned his political career in Glasgow to serve in Pakistan in 2013. He had joined the PML-N and was made the Punjab governor after the party won the 2013 general elections in the centre as well as in Punjab.
However, he had had resigned from Punjab governor office in January 2015 and joined the PTI. In September 2018, he was sworn in as governor for a second term.