Imran Khan approves appointment of PTI’s Omar Cheema as Punjab home adviser

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LAHORE: PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday approved the name of former governor Punjab Omar Sarfraz Cheema as the adviser to the province’s chief minister on home affairs, sources told.

The decision to appoint Cheema for the coveted position came after former provincial home minister Col (retd) Hashim Dogar handed over his resignation to CM Punjab Chaudhry Pervez Elahi a day earlier.

Sources shared that Cheema would serve as an adviser to CM Punjab Elahi after the position of managing the home department’s affairs remained vacant as Dogar quit his job.

What led to Dogar’s abrupt resignation?

Dogar cited inevitable circumstances and personal reasons for his decision to resign; however, Hamid Mir’s reports hinted that all was not well within the PTI.

Mir shared that Khan took the resignation from Dogar, as he was not happy with the outgoing minister, who stepped down under pressure from the party leadership.

PTI leaders objected to the former home minister’s statement regarding the Punjab government not extending its support to Khan’s long march call for Islamabad. His comments also attracted a strong response from Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi.