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Sharif's daughter may lose job as head of loan programme.

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz faces the prospect of losing her job as head of the PM Youth Loan Programme, according to media reports.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Lahore High Court, while hearing a petition Tuesday against Maryam's appointment, reportedly observed the chairperson of the loan programme aACAyhas to be changed'. The judge, however, said the court was showing grace by giving a chance to the government to change the chairperson in a lawful and transparent manner.

During the hearing, deputy attorney general Amir Rehman presented academic credentials of Maryam (41), but withdrew them after failing to answer a query whether the Ph.D. degree was an honorary one.

Defending the appointment, the government's law officer argued that the office of the chairperson was not a public office but a sort of focal person. He said holding of the chairperson's post by Maryam Nawaz did not affect the disbursement of funds.

The court adjourned the hearing for two hours with directives to the law officer to come up with instructions from the federal government whether it was willing to consider changing the chairperson of the programme.

On resumption of the hearing, the deputy attorney general said the prime minister was on official tour abroad and requested the court to defer the matter till his return on Thursday because his point of view was essential to answer the court's query.

The petitioner's counsel opposed the request, but the judge adjourned the hearing till Friday and directed the law officer to come up with a lawful and transparent mechanism for the new appointment along with academic credentials of Maryam Nawaz.

Earlier, the petitioner's counsel argued that the appointment was a case of sheer nepotism. He said the appointment had been made in violation of law and several judgements passed by the Supreme Court. He said neither a public notice nor an advertisement was issued before the appointment.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Nov 13, 2014
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