Lahore: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday warned the federal government that it would summon the cabinet division secretary if appointment of a permanent governor in Punjab was not made till May 11.
Earlier, the government’s counsel told the court that the governor would be appointed by May 7.
Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah observed that the secretary cabinet division would appear in person on next hearing if the appointment was not made.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Azhar Siddique against appointment of Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal as acting governor. He stated that the government issued a notification of appointment of acting governor though the law did not require it. He argued that by issuance of the notification, the speaker became a government servant and he could not hold dual offices.
He pleaded that the speaker should be disqualified for being member of the assembly and the government be directed to fill the vacant office of governor with a permanent appointment.