IHC issues contempt notice to PM Raja Ashraf
13 March, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued a contempt notice to Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf over failure to implement the court's order for implementation of recommendations of the Public Service Commission (PSC).
The petition filed by PWD Superintendent Engineer Zohair Khalid stated that on February 9, 2011, the Central Selection Board chairman Rana Bghagwandas had proposed promotion of one Zohair Khalid to grade 20 as chief engineer, but the prime minister did not sign the summary. IHC's then chief Justice, Iqbal Hamidur Rehman on June 24, 2011, also issued an order for implementation of the commission's recommendation, but the premier sought suggestion from housing secretary and the decision remained pending.
The petitioner's counsel, Col (r) Inam Rahim told the court that the prime minister had only issued orders for the promotion of his son-in-law, and observed that the incumbent government has completed "hat-trick in contempt notices". The Islamabad High Court chief justice issued contempt notice to Prime Minister Raja, his principal secretary, Ayub Qazi, and establishment deputy secretary.