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Caretaker setups at Centre, Punjab challenged

Appointments of caretaker Prime Minister and Chief Minister Punjab have been challenged before the Lahore High Court for being done without mandatory consultation of President and Governors of respective provinces. A bar member, Muhammad Irfan Mukhtar, through his counsel, Azhar Siddique, submitted that Article 224 of the Constitution laid down a procedure for the appointment of the caretaker setup on federal and provincial levels.

The petitioner contended that the Article 224(1A) envisaged that the caretaker premier shall be appointed by the president in consultation with the prime minister and the leader of the opposition in outgoing National Assembly, and a caretaker chief minister shall be appointed by the governor in consultation with the chief minister and the leader of the opposition in an outgoing provincial assembly.

The petitioner pointed out that no consultation process was initiated, adopted and activated by the President and that of the Governor of Punjab, therefore, in consequence, the constitutional appointments be declared illegal, and ultra vires the Constitution.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013


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