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Asma Hamid, who was appointed as Advocate General of Punjab by former Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in closing days of his government’s five-year term, was removed from the post on Wednesday.

Additional advocate general Shan Gul has been given charge of the office of AG as a stop-gap arrangement.

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Earlier, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had taken notice of the appointment of Ms Hamid and sought an explanation from the provincial government in this regard.

It summoned the Punjab chief secretary to explain as to why the appointment was made despite its ban on recruitment ahead of general elections.

The commission directed the provincial government to ensure implementation of its ban in letter and spirit.

The former CM reportedly approved a summary with regard to the appointment of Ms Hamid as first-ever woman AGP.

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