In the light of Supreme Court’s decision to remove PML-N’s Hamza Shehbaz from the office of chief minister and install Pervaiz Elahi to Punjab’s top office, the federal government has warned of imposing governor’s rule in the province.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, addressing a press conference on Wednesday, said: “The summary to impose governor’s rule is being drafted, and I personally have started work on it.”

Lawyer and anchorperson Muneeb Farooq, told Geo News, that “governor’s rule is used as a symbolic terminology” in the country.

“There’s a provision in Article 232 of the Constitution of Pakistan about an emergency situation and imposed in highly extreme circumstances,” he said.

“The President of Pakistan issues the notification in this regard and after his satisfaction that there are circumstances in the country like there’s an internal disturbance or war-like situation which is not under the control of provincial administration.”

In this situation, he said, the federal government exercises its powers vested to the Ministry of Interior.

“But, there must be a strong case for this. There’s no violence here right now, yes, political polarisation is here and we all must be very careful in language.”

Muneeb advised that the federal government should now show restraint as there’s a new government in Punjab and Sanaullah should not be provoked as well.

He said that PTI leaders Fawad Chauhdry and Shahbaz Gill — who don’t have anything at stake — must not give provocative statements.

“Mistakes may have been committed from the PML-N as well but this provocation might lead to a major disaster and anyone could be a casualty. Both the parties should learn to co-exist and respect each other’s mandate.”

He said that if any misadventure is committed without any basis, then it would be challenged in court and may be struck down. It will only increase political polarisation.


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