LAHORE – Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa cannot reject chief minister’s recommendation regarding appointment of a senior bureaucrat as chairman of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) if the latter sends it for the second time.

Governor Khosa had rejected Shahbaz Sharif’s nominee last week for the slot on legal grounds. As per the legal position, the governor cannot reject the chief minister’s recommendations for the second time on any subject. In the light of Article 105 of the Constitution and the Lahore High Court verdict delivered last year, the chief minister would have the final say in all matters requiring symbolic assent of the governor.

Shahbaz Sharif had proposed the name of Safdar Javaid Syed, a former senior member of the Board of Revenue, now working as member of the PPSC, to be elevated as head of the Commission.

The governor has sent back the summary with the observation that chief minister’s nominee does not fulfil the criteria of appointment as laid down in PPSC (Amendment) Act, 2012 and the PPSC (Terms and Conditions) Rules, 2012. Khosa believes that there is no provision in the law to appoint a serving PPSC member as commission’s chairman which would be ultra vires and illegal.

Notwithstanding validity of the legal points raised by the governor, he is bound to act on chief minister’s advice under the law. As per sources, the governor’s secretariat has not yet received chief minister’s summary on the subject for the second time after its rejection by the governor last week.