Unconstitutional appointments: Centre asked to file replies in NAB, PCB appointments

Chief Justice asks DAG to tell the court about the nature of application in SC.

Express October 26, 2011


The Lahore High Court chief justice has asked the federal government to file its reply in a constitutional petition against the appointment of Admiral (retired) Fasih Bokhari as chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffree has challenged the appointment saying that proper procedure was not followed in making the appointment. When the proceedings started, a deputy attorney general informed the chief justice that an application regarding the same matter was pending in the Supreme Court of Pakistan and that the LHC should wait the disposal of that application. At this the Chief Justice asked the deputy attorney general to inform the court about the nature of the application pending with the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice also issued a notice to the federal government, asking it to submit its reply and adjourned the hearing until November 4. The petitioner, Jaffree, stated that the federal government had not consulted the opposition, PML-N, and the Chief Justice of Pakistan while appointing Bokhari, which was a violation of the Constitution. He said that the government’s conduct spoke of mala fide intentions.

The federal government was also asked to submit a reply by November 4 in another petition challenging the appointment of Zaka Ashraf as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Petitioner Tariq Asad, who has challenged the appointment, submitted that the PCB board of directors is supposed to recommend names for the appointment of chairman to the federal government and president of Pakistan, patron chief of PCB.

The board did not recommend the name of Zaka Ashraf, he said, adding that the federal government had bypassed the board of directors. The petitioner prayed that Zaka Ashraf be restrained from performing duties as PCB chairman and that his appointment be declared illegal.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2011.


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