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CDA member admin's hiring challenged after a year.

Byline: Malik Asad

ISLAMABAD -- The appointment of CDA Member Administration Yasir Pirzada has been challenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The IHC admitted the petition for a regular hearing and issued notices to the respondent authorities, including the chairman CDA, the federal government and Mr Pirzada.

Sheikh Rizwan Nawaz in his petition filed through Usman Ali Chaudhry requested the court to ask Mr Pirzada under which authority he was holding the office.

Mr Pirzada is an officer of Inland Revenue and was appointed as the member administration, which is a grade-20 post, in Dec 2016.

The petitioner contended that being an officer of grade-19, Mr Pirzada cannot be posted on the grade-20 post.

Petitioner requests IHC to ask Yasir Pirzada under which authority he is holding office

Interestingly, the petition was filed a couple of days after Mr Pirzada rejected the appointment of Hafiz Hafizur Rehman as the chief legal adviser of the CDA.

Both the petitioner and his counsel are working with Mr Rehman's law firm.

The law ministry on Jan 15 notified Mr Rehman, who is son of a close friend of Barrister Zafarullah Khan, the special assistant to the prime minister on law and justice, as the CDA chief legal adviser.

The deputy director general (law) of the CDA on the direction of Mr Pirzada, however, refused to accept Mr Rehman.

A letter issued on Jan 17 states: 'There is no post/position for chief legal adviser in CDA nor CDA has forwarded any recommendations regarding appointment of above advocate [Rehman] as chief legal adviser.'

It adds: 'Due to non-availability of the CDA chairman, the CDA board is not functioning, therefore, the services of Hafiz Hafzur Rehman as chief legal adviser cannot be considered and not otherwise required by the CDA.'

It said Mr Rehman had himself resigned from the post of legal adviser on April 28, 2017, after which the Ministry of Law and Justice notified Kashif Ali Malik as the legal adviser on June 2, 2017.

Interestingly, when Mr Pirzada was appointed in December 2016, Mr Rehman was the legal adviser of the civic agency.

According to the official website of Mr Rehman's law firm, Mr Nawaz 'has been practising law for the last 10 years and has been with Hafiz S.A. Rehman Law Associates for that entire time'.

Likewise, the counsel in the case, Usman Ali Chaudhry, 'has been practising in the field of law for the last five years and has been with Hafiz S.A. Rehman Law Associates for the last four years'.

When Dawn contacted Mr Nawaz, he replied that Article 199 of the Constitution allowed him to file a writ of quo warranto, requiring a person to show by what warrant an office or franchise is held, claimed or exercised.

He said the petition had no link with the recent controversy regarding the appointment of Mr Rehman.

Mr Nawaz claimed that he recently learnt about the 'disqualification' of Mr Pirzada after which he filed the petition.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Jan 28, 2018
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