Punjab Advocate General Ahmed Owais has refused to comply orders of the law department which requested him not to represent the provincial government at any forum.
In response to the Punjab Law and Parliamentary Affairs Department’s letter, the advocate general said he would continue working as an AG till the Punjab governor removes him from the post.
Owais reiterated his announcement of resignation when the new government officials would take the charge of the province.
In the letter sent by the Punjab law department, Additional Secretary Muhammad Iqbal said the attorney general was duty bound to give advice to the provincial government on legal issues and perform duties of legal nature as assigned to him by the government.
Following the acceptance of former chief minister Usman Buzdar’s resignation and dissolution of the cabinet, “no provincial government exists at present” and “the representation of the attorney general is not required in such matters.”
The attorney general was requested to abstain from appearing on behalf of the provincial government in writ petitions having no administrative issues about the provincial government, it added.
The letter further stated that such representation might hamper the administrative and bureaucratic governance of the province.