'High alert' in Punjab amid constitutional crisis

'High alert' in Punjab amid constitutional crisis


'High alert' in Punjab amid constitutional crisis

LAHORE (Dunya News) – The showdown between the PTI-PML-Q’s Punjab government and the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) coalition escalates as Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman has declared Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan’s ruling ‘illegal and ultra vires of the constitution’. 

The PA speaker had ruled that the governor had no right to call the assembly session. 

Meanwhile, PML-N leader Atta Tarar claimed that the Punjab governor had every right to denotify the chief minister for failing to obtain a vote of confidence from the provincial assembly. Speaking to media outside the Governor’s House on Wednesday night, he said it was the governor’s prerogative to denotify Parvez Elahi from the Chief Minister Office. 

Minister of Interior Rana Sanaullah also said the Punjab governor had the power to ask the chief minister to take a vote of confidence any time. 

Meanwhile, the Punjab Rangers have been deployed at the Governor s House, Lahore on the order of the Interior Ministry ahead of PTI s protest call. The Centre is also mulling deployment of paramilitary forces across Punjab to maintain law and order. Sources privy to the development said Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had directed the chief secretary and the Punjab IGP to take measures to protect the public property and ensure law and order.