LAHORE - In yet another politically motivated decision, the Punjab government appointed on Tuesday 61 additional and 43 assistant advocate generals, after the acting governor signed the dotted line paving the way for the appointments. It is the second such act in the absence of Governor Salman Taseer. Moreover, relatives, sons and close associates of former judges and senior lawyers with known political affiliations have been accommodated in advocate general Punjab office. The provincial law department issued a notification after Acting Governor Rana Muhammad Iqbal ordered the appointments of new advocate general Punjab besides additional and assistant advocate generals, while terminating 37 incumbent law officers out of 41, who were appointed by the Musharraf government. According to sources, out of 18 newly-appointed additional AGs, 12 are selected from PML-Ns list, while six seat have been given to the PPP. The new list includes three sitting members of the Punjab Bar Council besides husband of a federal minister. Raza Farooq has been appointed as advocate general Punjab, who was working as acting advocate general. He is son of former attorney general Pakistan late Farooq Ramday. An additional advocate general, who has been retained, is a Musharraf-regime appointee, Hanif Khatana who is said to have close ties with PML-N these days though he had good 'liaison with Q-Leagues men as well. Three assistant advocate generals with the same background of appointment, who have successfully managed to stay, are Salma Malik - having the longest term in AG office since 2000 - Amjad Chatta and Shujaat Ali Khan. Interestingly, the government has appointed six more law officers who are more in number than the present strength of Lahore High Court judges, 54, while the officers are 61. PML-Ns men Following are said to be the PML-N nominees: Yawar Ali (former deputy attorney general), Faisal Zaman (son of former deputy attorney general Sher Zanman Khan), Malik Abdul Aziz Awan, Shakil-ur Rehman (son of former judge of the LHC Khalil-ur-Rehman Khan), Khadim Hussain Qaiser (who had resigned in protest against CJPs removal), Raja Arshad (who had also resigned as deputy attorney general in support of lawyers movement), Mirza Muhammad Salim Baig, Razzaq A Mirza, Azeem Malik, Imtiaz Ahmed Kafi, (who had resigned as DAG in 1999 after Nawaz Sharifs government was toppled by Pervez Musharraf), Shahid Mubeen (recently recommended by LHC CJ to be appointed as LHC judge). The PPPs nominees for additional AGs seats include Raja Nadeem Haider (husband of PPPs federal minister for State Raja Mahreen Elahi), Zubair Khalid who has affiliation with PPP while Ch Ishaq Gujjar is another staunch supporter of PPP and a sitting member of Punjab Bar Council. Malik Mumtaz Akhtar, Syed Yousaf Khan and Mian Faiz-ul-Hassan have also been recommended by PPP for additional AGs posts. For the posts of assistant AGs, PML-N has got 34 while PPP has been given only nine posts. The assistant advocate generals from PML-N list include Wali Muhammad Khan (member PML-N Lawyers Forum), Siraj-ul-Islam (also member of PML-N lawyers wing), Mazhar Jameel Qureshi, Rana Shamshad, Khursheed Satti, Bashir Gujjar, Nadeem Afzal Lon (son of retired Justice Afzal Lon), Nadeem Bhatti, Raja Abdul Hameed, Mudassar Khalid Abbas, Razzaq Karim Butt, Khawaja Salman Mehmood (son of central President PML-N lawyers forum Khawaja Mehmood), Khawaja Adnan, Waqas Dar, Faisal Rafiq, Rashid Hafeez, Mamoon Rasheed Sheikh, Kaleem Ilyas, Sharjeel Adnan Sheikh (son of Akram Sheikh, private counsel of Sharif brothers), Syed Nayyar Abbas Rizvi, Malik Bashir, Shan Gull, Shahid Abbasi, Izhar-ul-Haq Toor, Malik Zahoor Akhter Awan, Ms Firdous Butt (former president LHCBA), Zaka-ur-Rehman, Naveed Khalil, Ch Saleem Murtaza, Rana Muhammad Hussain and Mian Muhammad Ajmal. The PPP nominees include Manzoor Hussain Sindhu, Amir Jalil Siddiqi (member PbBC), Arshad Qayum, Mehmood Lashari (member PbBC), Aurangzeb Khan, Malik Javed Ali Dogar, Abdul Wahid Babar, Khalid Nawaz Shahzad and Sardar Riaz Ahmad. Foam go-down gutted Foam and related items worth Rs 1.2 million were reduced to ashes when fire broke out in a foam go-down near Dyal Singh College, Lakshmi Chowk on Tuesday. According to a spokesman of Rescue 1122, the fire fighters reached on the spot and controlled the blaze after hectic efforts of one hour. However, no loss of life was reported. Cause behind the fire was stated to be short-circuiting, he added.