Labour party Gilgit-Baltistan chapter is planning to sue Chief Minister Mehdi Shah for defying the Supreme Court’s orders that demanded Hussain Asghar be reinstated as director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and lead investigator in the multi-million-rupee Hajj scam .
President of the G-B Labour Party, Ahsan Ali, while talking to reporters in Gilgit on Saturday accused Shah of contempt of court. He said Shah had no authority to resist any decision – even those made by the federal government – as the G-B order 2009 makes no mention of a consultation with the chief minister regarding high level postings. Ali termed the act of the chief minister ‘shameful’, saying he was helping those involved in the scam corruption worth millions of rupees.
Shah refused to accept the order made by the secretary establishment for the reinstatement of Asghar in the FIA. Sources confirmed that the G-B government had refused to release Asghar. “I haven’t been consulted,” Shah had said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31th, 2011.