LAHORE-Sardar Latif Khosa was sworn in as Punjabs new Governor on Thursday at a simple but impressive ceremony held at Governors House.
Chief Justice of Lahore High Court, Justice Ijaz Ch administered the oath to the Governor.
Khosa is the 33rd Punjab Governor since independence from the British rule, also including caretaker and acting Governors.
Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Federal and provincial Ministers, MNAs, MPAs and senior civil and military officers attended the ceremony among elite of the City. Corps Commander Lahore, Lt Gen. Rashid Mahmood was also present.
It is to be noted that none of the PML-N leaders including CM Shahbaz Sharif had attended the oath taking ceremony of slain Governor Salmaan Taseer in May 2008.
The following political figures were prominent on the occasion.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira, Federal Ministers Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo and Firdous Ashiq Awan, PPP Secretary General Jehangir Badr, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal, PPP Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab, PPP Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, former President Supreme Court Bar Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan, close aide to President Zardari, Ahmad Riaz Sheikh, Chariman ETPB Syed Asif Hashmi, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Ch Zaheeruddin, Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed, Incharge Peoples Labour Bureau Pakistan Ch Manzoor Ahmed and US Counsel General Carmela Conroy.
Chief Secretary Punjab Nasir Mehmood Khosa, IGP Punjab Javed Iqbal, Advocate General Punjab, provincial Ombudsman and high ranking officials also attended the ceremony.
APP adds: Following are the names of Governors who served Punjab since independence:
1-Sir Robert Francis Mudie from August 15, 1947 to August 2,1949
2-Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar from August 2, 1949 to November 26,1951
3-Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar from November 26, 1951 to May 01, 1953
4-Mian Aminuddin from May 2, 1953 to June 23, 1954
5-Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola from June 24, 1954 to November 26,1954
6-Mushtaq Ahmed Gurmani from November 27, 1954 to August 31, 1957
7-Akhtar Hussain, H Pk from September 2, 1957 to May 31, 1960
8-Malik Amir Muhammad Khan from June 01,1960 to September 18,1966
9-General Muhammad Musa from September 18, 1966 to March 19, 1969
10Yusuf Abdullah Haroon from March 20, 1969 to March 25, 1969 &
from March 25,1969 to August 31 1969
11-Air Marshal Nur Khan from September 01,1969 to January 31,1970
12-Lt Gen Attiqur Rahman from February 10, 1970 to December 22,1971
13-Ghulam Mustafa Khar from December 23, 1971 to February 12,1973
14-Hanif Ramay from February 1973 to March 1974
15-Sadiq Hussain Qureshi from March 12, 1974 to March 14,1975
16-Ghulam Mustafa Khar from March 14, 1975 to July 31,1975
17-Mohammad Abbas Abbasi from July 31,1975 to September 1977
18-Aslam Riaz Hussain from September 1977 to September 1978
19-Lt Gen Sawar Khan from September 1978 to March 1980
20-Lt Gen (Retd) Ghulam Jilani Khan from March 1980 to December 1985
21-Makhdoom Sajjad Hussain Qureshi from December 1985 to December 1988
22-General (Retd) Tikka Khan from December 1988 to August 1990
23-Mian Mohammad Azhar August 1990-1992
24-Chaudhry Altaf Hussain from 1992 to May 21, 1995
25-Lt Gen (Retd) Raja Saroop Khan from June 19, 1995 to November 5,1996
26-Khawaja Tariq Rahim from November 5, 1996 to March 10, 1997
27-Shahid Hamid from March 10, 1997 to August 17, 1999
28-Zulfiqar Ali Khosa from August 17, 1999 to October 21, 1999
29-Lt Gen (Retd) Muhammad Safdar from October 21, 1999 to October 29, 2001
30-Lt Gen (Retd) Khalid Maqbool from October 29, 2001 to May 16, 2008
31-Salmaan Taseer from May 17, 2008 to January 4, 2011
32-Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan, (Acting) from January 4,2011 to
January 11, 2011.