Seeking answers: Court rules in favour of SDA employees

The petitioner’s counsels argued that the ordinance was beyond the competence of the issuing authority


Our Correspondent August 05, 2016
The petitioner’s counsels argued that the ordinance was beyond the competence of the issuing authority. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: A division bench of the Peshawar High Court has issued notices to the provincial government and K-P Economic Zones Development and Management Company to file a reply to explain why Sarhad Development Authority (SDA) was dissolved.  The bench also asked the advocate general for an explanation about why the ordinance was passed in spite of PHC’s judgment against it.

The bench heard a writ petition on Friday. The petition was filed by Muhammad Ismail Khalil of SDA through his counsels Mian Mohibullah Kakalkhel and Mian Saifullah Kakakhel. The bench was informed that SDA was dissolved through an ordinance.

Justice Musarrat Hilali, who headed the bench, asked what led the government to pass an ordinance when the assembly was in session. The petitioner’s counsels argued that the ordinance was beyond the competence of the issuing authority. They said it was issued on the CM’s orders. As a result, SDA employees were left with no other option but to approach the court.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2016.

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