LAHORE - Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khan Khosa on Tuesday maintained that Shahbaz Sharif was an unconstitutional and illegal chief minister and that he could dismiss him in a day by using his constitutional powers.

“But I am not going to do so since the country cannot afford any political or constitutional crises at the moment. Likewise, we cannot allow any undemocratic force to fish in troubled waters”, the governor told an APNS delegation which called on him at the Governor House led by its President Sarmad Ali.

Senior Vice-President Mehtab Khan and Vice-President, Mohtarma Rameeza Majid Nizami were also part of the delegation besides other members of the executive committee. 

Replying to a question, the governor castigated the Sharifs for giving a call for the long march and asserted that people now had got mature politically, thanks to the vibrant media, and will never support such negative activities. Governor Khosa, however, warned the Sharif brothers, saying they should think of a situation when 40 million people from south Punjab would also be marching towards Jaati Umra simultaneously.

“But the politics of constant confrontation and stubbornness must stop now”, he hurried to add.

Khosa observed that politics was all about resolving the contentious issues through mutual understanding in a spirit of accommodation and tolerance. He said Parliament was a manifestation of peoples’ will and strengthening of institutions was more important than personalities.   Responding to another query, he wondered that on what moral and legal pedestal the Sharif brothers were declaring the prime minister as disqualified. “If the Supreme Court opens up the Mehran Bank case today, they will be convicted and will disappear from the country’s political scene in no time”, he affirmed.