Bureaucrats report not a scripture: Justice Jawwad S Khawaja.
A 3-member bench of SC headed over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up Wafaqi ombudsman appointment case for hearing Tuesday.
Wasim Sajjad counsel for Suleman Farooqi argued that hearing of the case was continuing from May, 29, 2013. Adil Gilani has leveled charges against Suleman Farooqui. Khawaja Asif had also requested the court to issue orders for staying the appointments made during care taker set up.
The petitioner had raised three objections that government employee can not be appointed federal ombudsman and appointing Suleman Farooqui regular Ombdusman was unconstitutional step of care taker government, he said. Third objection was that Suleman Farooqui held dual nationality, he added.
He said that under 1983 law, acting ombudsman could be appointed in the absence of federal ombudsman. The summary for appointment of Suleman Farooqui from acting ombudsman to regular ombudsman had been forwarded before installation of care taker government. He took oath of his office on December, 11, 2012. Farooqui does not hold dual nationality. The oath of Federal ombudsman has not been changed.
He said that as per report of Nasir Khosa, secretary to Prime Minister he was appointed as acting federal ombudsman on November, 19, 2012 and approval was given in this regard on December, 5, 2012. Notification in this regard was issued on December, 12, 2012. He was appointed as federal ombudsman on regular basis for 4 years.
President gave approval for his appointment as regular federal ombudsman on February, 22, 2013 after installation of new government. He was appointed as honorary secretary to president. President had approved it on the advice of Prime Minister.
In all the reports issued by the concerned institutions it was said that Farooqui was not appointed during care taker set up but his appointment was made by new government.
Justice Jawwad observed The matters are not so simple as it is being tried to prove them. . We had sought some important things. Adil Gilani had provided us only information and we had issued notice when the matter came before us.
Wasim Sajjad said it is very clear from his appointment that his appointment was made during the elected government time as per rules and regulations.
Just ice Jawwad remarked had the matter been like this it would have come to end so far. The report of bureaucrats is not a scripture.
CJP remarked matters are very clear. AGPR had released salaries on manual bill and it has to tell us about it.
The hearing of the case was adjourned till today.
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|Publication:||The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)|
|Date:||Sep 4, 2013|
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