LAHORE – After generating a lot of controversy over the appointment of Mr Safdar Javid Sayed as new chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission, Governor Latif Khosa has finally agreed to administer oath to chief minister’s nominee, though he had earlier declined to give his assent to the appointment.
This has been made possible by the mediation of Punjab Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa who also happens to be a relative of Governor Khosa.
As per sources, the oath-taking ceremony is scheduled to be held on Thursday (today) at the Governor House, who also confirmed that governor has shown his willingness to administer oath to Mr Safdar Javid Sayed.
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had appointed one of the members of the PPSC Safdar Javid Syed as its chairman, but the governor had rejected his nomination twice on legal grounds.
Since the governor is now bound to act on advice of the chief minister, the Punjab government later notified his appointment without governor’s assent.
Governor Khosa had then taken the plea that under the rules, chairman PPSC could only be appointed for a full term of three years, whereas the chief minister wanted him to remain in office till March next year. He had also raised some other objections to justify his stance. Khosa, later also refused to administer oath to the chief minister’s nominee citing the same reasons.
It is relevant to mention here that under clause 4-A of the Punjab Public Service Commission Ordinance, 1978, it is mandatory for the new head of the commission to take oath of his office.
In order to end the deadlock, Nasir Mehmood Khosa had a meeting with the governor last week and requested him to fulfil the legal requirement. The chairman-designate, Safdar Javid Sayed also met the governor to persuade him to administer the oath.
The governor then assured the two officers separately that he would fulfil the legal requirement though with reservations he had already expressed in response to chief minister’s advice on the issue.
Later, the possibility of Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Muhammad Iqbal administering oath to the PPSC chairman in his capacity as Acting Governor was also discussed at some level. This option was considered because Governor Khosa was scheduled to go to Turkey on November 6, but he could not proceed due to sudden change in his schedule. He would now be leaving for Turkey on November 10 as per sources in the Governor House.