Sharaf family gets stronger in Pakistan politics, Hamza takes oath as CM of Punjab

Hamza Sharif Take Oath: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s son Hamza Sharif was sworn in on Saturday as the Chief Minister of Punjab’s most populous province in the country. The population of Punjab is about 11 crores. National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf administered the oath to 47-year-old Hamza at the Raj Bhavan here.

Earlier in the day, Governor Umar Sarfaraz Cheema rejected the resignation of outgoing Chief Minister Usman Bajdar and reinstated his cabinet. Cheema also termed Hamza’s selection as constitutionally invalid. Governor Cheema also criticized the Punjab Police for taking control of security arrangements by removing Raj Bhavan security personnel for Hamza’s swearing-in ceremony.

While the swearing-in program continued, Cheema requested the Chief Justice to take cognizance of the move by the police to take over the Raj Bhavan. He said that he will write a letter to President Arif Alvi on this issue. Governor Cheema said, “The whole dramatic episode of swearing-in of a fake Chief Minister was carried out in an unconstitutional manner and the Chief Justice should take cognizance of it.”

Soon after the swearing-in, the Punjab Chief Secretary notified that Hamza had taken over the charge of the Chief Minister’s Office. Significantly, on Friday, the Lahore High Court had asked the Speaker of the National Assembly to administer oath to Hamza. Earlier, the court had ordered Governor Cheema to administer the oath, but he refused, calling Hamza’s election unconstitutional. Hamza was elected the Chief Minister of Punjab on 16 April during the assembly session.

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