ISLAMABAD: Mohammad Sarwar, a UK-based Pakistani businessman, was appointed governor of Punjab by President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday.

Mr Sarwar is said to be a close aide to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and he recently ceded British citizenship. Before his appointment he had dual nationality and under the constitution a person having dual nationality cannot hold any public office in the country.

The president’s spokesman, Farhatullah Babar, said he had appointed Mr Sarwar as governor of Punjab on the advice of the prime minister.

“In terms of Article 101(1) of the constitution, the governor of a province is appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister,” he said.

The post was vacant since the resignation of former governor Makhdoom Ahmed Mahmood.

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August 1, 2013 6:22 am

Share the sugar with each other.

August 1, 2013 6:22 am

Live abroad, rule Pakistan

August 1, 2013 9:25 am

Of course, he will gift all the business men and rich people with all powerful posts. Meanwhile for us poor lot looks like petrol and gas prices are increased yet again. I guess we'll have to go back to good old days of bicycle.

August 1, 2013 9:57 am

Glasgow based business Tycoon Punjab’ governor … What a shameful act… do we have an acute shortage of patriot Pro Pakistani… The person renounces his former citizen. Have Business in Glasgow …. Wonder what is in it for him… or what possible benefit he would be for Punjab….
The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.

Mazhar Hasan
August 1, 2013 11:36 am

We have had enough of "imported Pakistanis" coming to Pakistan to run the show...Prime Minister Moeen Qureshi, Shaukat Aziz etc, just to name a few. We should choose individuals who live in Pakistan, who can communicate with the masses and are not detached from reality. We need people who can relate to the problems, the miseries and the sufferings each Pakistani goes through in his daily life. We need individuals who can feel the pain that a Pakistani suffers as he tries to make an honest living. Although the Governor is not the Chief Executive of the province, yet his role in running the affairs of the state cannot be underestimated. A person who has been living abroad is probably detached from the needs of an ordinary Pakistani even though he may be in possession of a Pakistani passport.

August 1, 2013 12:42 pm

Nawaz Sharif's appointments of his choice for the key posts are to protect him from his past experiences of crack downs. After five years of governing the country of the present government shouting a lack of developments the next incoming government will voice the same sound that out going government left no funds in the treasury of Finance Ministry’s vault.

August 1, 2013 1:52 pm

One Business Tycoon friend ,Selected as the President of the country , the other Business tycoon friend , appointed as the Governor . Looks to me the Govt of the PML-N , will be a Pakistan Corporate W.L.L for the next 5 years ! Already they are de-committing their May 2013 Eelection promise of ending the load sheding in 6 months ( The Khademe Ahlah of Punjab the Junior Sharif said so ) , Now the Minister khawaja , who never was tired of pointing failures of PPP and advising how can the load sheding be done with ( 2008 - 2013 as NA assembly member who even initiated the corruption case in the SCP ) , is already saying , it will not be before 2017 that they can fix the problem ( another pre election year then , to make more false promises !!! )

Syed Hussain Akbari
August 1, 2013 2:07 pm

Such people who have their basic interests outside Pakistan can not be trusted as patriotics. Why are they given such responsibilities ? They can never be reliable. We will we see how it moves with him in the next days if unfortunately he becomes the Governer. Perhaps a family friend !!

August 1, 2013 2:32 pm

lol !! ab humaray pass apna banda hee nahin Governer bananay kay liyay .. yeh bhi import karna para !!

August 1, 2013 3:34 pm

sir,damn funny

August 1, 2013 4:48 pm

This tells you that Pakistan is for sale by corupt and dishonest leaders of Pakistan

August 1, 2013 5:11 pm

PML(N) seems to be a party of tycoons and stock brokers....

Amjad Wyne
August 1, 2013 5:33 pm

Why a tycoon of another land would want the governorship of Punjab? The answer is simple - so he can become a bigger tycoon. What has this tycoon done for the people of Pakistan or Punjab with his tyconic wealth??? The only word that comes to mind to describe such individuals, "thieves".

Dr. Sohaib Abdi
August 1, 2013 7:34 pm

Importes leather shoes, importes clothes and finally imported governor for poors....

Khan Bhai
August 1, 2013 9:12 pm

It seems Punjab is going all business.

August 2, 2013 10:05 am

Sharif brothers did not find a single capable person out of 100 million Punjabi. Strange!

August 3, 2013 7:08 am

Musharraf brought in a banker extraordinaire, Shaukat Aziz from London & made him prime minister. Nawaz Sharif is bringing in a business tycoon from Glasgow,Scotland as governor of Punjab.Evidently in his opinion there is no qualified Punjabi ti fill this position.History is repeating itself.

August 3, 2013 9:32 pm

May be he can change our province by his experience gained in UK, he started from scratch and built his empire, lets see how he delivers ?

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