Thursday, August 6, 2020
Home Top Stories IHC dismisses petition against appointments of SAPMs

IHC dismisses petition against appointments of SAPMs

-IHC CJ says neither SAPMs nor their patriotism could be doubted on basis of dual citizenship

By Uzma Zafar

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday set aside a petition seeking removal of all of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s aides with dual nationalities.
In the case pertaining to dual citizenship of the special assistants to the prime minister, the IHC remarked in a written judgement that the premier was accountable to the people and could not run the state affairs alone.
“The Federal Government has made the Rules of 1973 and has described the ‘Organization of Divisions’ in rule 4 ibid. Sub rule 6 of rule 4 enables the Prime Minister to appoint Special Assistant or Special Assistants and to determine their status and functions,” IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah wrote.
“The Rules of 1973, particularly rule 4(6) are not in conflict with the provisions of the Constitution. Special Assistants are not members of the Federal Cabinet. Moreover, they are distinct from Advisors appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister under Article 93(1) of the Constitution.
“The Prime Minister is the chief executive of one of the most important organs of the State and has to perform multiple/complex functions. A person elected as Prime Minister is answerable to the people of Pakistan and the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament). The onerous role of the Prime Minister described under the Constitution cannot be performed by the latter alone,” he added.
The IHC judge went on to say that neither the special assistants to the prime minister nor their patriotism could be doubted based on the fact that they held dual citizenship, the court ruled, and, thus, could not be disqualified either.
“In order to enable the Prime Minister to transact business of the Executive organ of the State, the latter ought to have the freedom to appoint officials or other persons for assistance. Rule 4(6) is one of such modes whereby the Prime Minister has been empowered to appoint Special Assistants. There is no restriction regarding the number of Special Assistants that can be appointed by the Prime Minister,” he added.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Damaged buildings including grain spills from damaged wheat silos

BEIRUT, (Lebanon): Damaged buildings including grain spills from damaged wheat silos are seen after the massive explosions at the Port of Beirut.–Agencies

Modi stanched ‘strategic blunder’ by revoking IoK’s status, says PM

-Emphasizes on struggles of Kashmiri people in IoK -Says Modi won elections by playing ‘hate card’, evoked Articles to save face -Reaffirms commitment to...

Grenade blast injures 39 in Karachi’s JI rally

From Zeeshan Mirza Karachi: At least 39 people were injured in a grenade attack on a Jamaat-i-Islami rally in Karachi on Wednesday evening, officials said. The...

Pakistan’s COVID-19 fatalities cross 6,000-mark

By Ajmal Khan Yousafzai ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported 675 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 15 more deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the...

Recent Comments