LAHORE: Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday restrained Senator Faisal Raza Abidi and PIA authorities from interfering in the working of elected office bearers of its union.
The order was issued on the petition of Kamran Chaudhry, president of the People’s Unity Union of PIA employees and sought replies from the respondents till September 30.
The petitioner, through his counsel MA Ghani Chaudhry, contended that Amar Shah, a nominee of Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, was forced to resign from the post of president of the union on April 13, 2009 through a no-confidence motion. Later, President Asif Ali Zardari in his capacity as PPP co-chairman appointed Abidi in charge of the Unity’s political affairs.
The counsel said that Abidi was taking advantage of his appointment and had forcibly ousted elected office bearers of the union to accommodate the office bearers who had been noted out.
Ghani argued that under Article 17 of the Constitution elected office bearers had the right to continue to function in accordance with the constitution of the union. Thus any action depriving the elected representatives of enjoying their rights amounted to an act without lawful authority.
He prayed that the respondents should be restrained from interfering in the affairs of the union. The judge after hearing the arguments restrained the respondents from such actions.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 31st, 2010.