PESHAWAR: The newly nominated chief minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has yet to take the oath, but he is already making waves with the top government lawyer in the province resigning on Thursday.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Advocate General (AG) Abdul Samad Khan resigned from his office with immediate effect on Thursday, stating that the nominated chief Minister of the province can now appoint an AG of his own choice.
“Since the incoming political government has nominated Mehmood Khan to be its chief minister [of K-P], I, therefore, feel constrained to resign from office forthwith enabling incoming chief minister to select the person of his choice for the portfolio I am occupying at the moment,” Abdul wrote in his resignation letter, which was tendered to the K-P governor.
In the letter, the acting AG pointed out that he had been appointed on the recommendations of the caretaker chief minister for three months on June 26.
While his tenure is not set to expire before September 26 and the new government does not take the oath until next week, he said that he does not want to continue in the role anymore, particularly after incoming political set up finally nominated its next chief minister.
“I am constrained to leave the office of Advocate-General forthwith,” he added.
Abdul was one of 26 other law officers for the province after terminating the services of the officers appointed by the previous K-P government. All the 26 law officers have already been sent packing after the terminated officers moved the court, contending that the interim government did not have the power nor the authority to terminate their services.
The Peshawar High Court has ruled the termination of law officers by the caretaker set up and the appointed of new officers illegal and without lawful authority and has ordered to reinstate the law officers appointed by the previous provincial government.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2018.