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Sindh CM given authority to appoint provincial Ombudsman

Sindh CM given authority to appoint provincial Ombudsman
February 9, 2020
KARACHI (92 News) – The Sindh governor deprived from another power as the chief minister was given authority to appoint provincial ombudsman on Sunday. The Sindh Assembly speaker notified approval of a legislative bill that confers the authority to appoint the provincial ombudsman on the chief minister. The new provincial ombudsman law has come into force forthwith. The provincial legislature had re-passed the amended law for appointment of the ombudsman on January 22 after the governor had sent back the legislation to the assembly with his objections over the bill. The opposition parties had staged walkout from the assembly proceedings in protest over disagreement with the legislation. Governor Sindh Imran Ismail had sent his reservations on the appointment which were discarded by the Sindh government. It is noteworthy that before the amendment in the law it was prerogative of the provincial governor to appointment ombudsman for the province. The tenure of the ombudsman will be three years, as per the law passed by the assembly. Speaking to the journalists, Sindh Minister Saeed Ghani said that the authority was taken back from the governor to appoint the provincial ombudsman as the 18th Constitutional Amendment had rendered the office of the provincial governor a ceremonial one and devoid it of any such executive authority.