PM’s prerogative to post Maryam as loan scheme head questioned

Source:  Dawn.com Published in Politics on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Lahore High Court on Monday questioned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s prerogative to appoint his own daughter as chairperson of Rs9 billion Prime Minister’s Youth Loan Programme-

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah also suggested abolishing the chairperson’s post when a federal law officer pointed out the position held by Ms Maryam Nawaz was honourary and without any perks.

Deputy Attorney General Amir Rehman told the court that Ms Maryam had no role in distribution of the loan under the scheme. He said she was supposed to monitor administrative affairs of the loan programme only.

The law officer further said the prime minister exercised his prerogative to appoint head of the programme.

Justice Shah observed that how could a person having no relevant experience be appointed head of the loan programme in the name of PM’s prerogative.

“Why PM made his own daughter head of the loan programme,” the judge posed a query to the law officer.

The law officer said four different schemes were being run under the programme through designated banks.

Justice Shah adjourned hearing of the petition filed by a local leader of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf till Tuesday (today).

The petitioner, Zubair Niazi, stated Ms Maryam Nawaz’s appointment was sheer nepotism. He argued the appointment was made in violation of law and set criterion as neither a public notice nor an advertisement was issued before appointment.

He asked the court to set aside the appointment and restrain Ms Maryam from working till the final disposal of main petition.

Reply sought: The Lahore High Court on Monday sought a reply from the defence ministry on a petition complaining about non-implementation of five per cent quota for minorities in appointments of Pakistan Army and air force.

A representative of the Christian community, Masih Gill, filed the petition saying the Pak Army and PAF recently advertised higher posts but did not allocate quota for minorities. He pointed out that SNGPL also advertised vacancies without giving the five per cent quota for minorities.

The petitioner argued that under the law all government departments were bound to announce the quota set for minorities while making appointments.

A law officer told the court that the condition of five per cent quota for minorities had been strictly followed in all departments of the federal government.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah adjourned hearing till Nov 26 with directions to ministries of defence and petroleum to submit replies.

CEC AGE: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court Lahore Registry seeking directions that no retired Supreme Court judge above 68 years of age should be appointed as the chief election commissioner (CEC).

The petition was filed by the Watan Party through its Lahore President Shaukat Khan who submitted that political parties had fielded seven candidates for the post of CEC.

He submitted that at least five of them were too old to meet the hectic demands of the CEC office. He said appointment of an aged CEC in the past had produced poor results.

He submitted that some of the candidates had served in the caretaker setup, hence, they could not be considered neutral which was a basic requirement for the job.

The petitioner contended that CEC candidate should not be above the age of 68 years and must be non-political and young with good repute.

He pleaded the court to issue directions that no retired Supreme Court judge above the age of 68 years should be appointed.

He also prayed that those who served any political office should not be appointed as CEC. Retired judge of a high court might be considered for the job, he requested.


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