Latif Khosa succeeds Taseer as Punjab Governor

Senior PPP leader Latif Khan Khosa took oath as Governor of the country`s most populous and politically crucial province of Punjab, succeeding the slain Salmaan Taseer.

Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 23:54 PM IST

Lahore: Senior PPP leader Latif Khan
Khosa on Thursday took oath as Governor of the country`s most
populous and politically crucial province of Punjab,
succeeding the slain Salmaan Taseer.

Khosa was sworn in by Lahore High Court Chief Justice
Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry during a ceremony held at the Governor`s
House this evening.

He became the 33rd Governor of Punjab since
independence from British rule.

President Asif Ali Zardari appointed Khosa the
Governor following the assassination of Taseer.

Taseer was gunned down in Islamabad on January 4 by a
police guard who said he was angered by the Governor`s
criticism of the blasphemy law.

Khosa`s oath-taking ceremony was attended by Punjab
Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Federal Information Minister
Qamar Zaman Kaira, PPP secretary general Jahangir Badr, Punjab
Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal, other PPP leaders and
parliamentarians.

PPP workers who attended the ceremony held in the
Darbar Hall of Governor`s House shouted slogans like
"Naara-e-Bhutto", "Jiye Bhutto" and "Zinda hai Bibi zinda hai"
as a tribute to slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto, who was
assassinated in 2007.

PTI