The resignation of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has been accepted by Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar.
After meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad, the governor accepted Buzdar’s resignation. The governor received the resignation on March 30. On March 28, Usman Buzdar handed in his resignation to Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Governor has called a session of the province parliament for the election of the next chief minister on Saturday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m., according to a notification.
After Buzdar’s resignation was accepted, the joint opposition’s no-confidence vote in the province assembly was rendered ineffective. Following the resignation, the provincial cabinet was dissolved.
Punjab Assembly Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has already been nominated by Prime Minister Imran Khan for the position of Punjab Chief Minister. The combined opposition has yet to name a candidate to fill the position.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is debating whether Hamza Shehbaz should be named as the unified opposition’s nominee for Punjab Chief Minister. The decision was made during an online meeting convened by party chief Nawaz Sharif, in which a majority of PML-N leaders backed his candidacy.
Both supporters — the PML-Q and the Tareen group – were emphatic on dismissing Buzdar, putting pressure on the ailing prime minister to do so. Usman Buzdar was elected chief minister of Punjab in 2018 with 186 votes.