LAHORE - Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi on Tuesday overruled an objection raised by the LHC registrar office on a petition challenging the notification of Maryam Nawaz’s appointment as the Prime Minister Youth Programme chairperson.
The judge allowed the petition on the basis of Article 2-A of the constitution, directing the registrar office to fix it during the next month. Syed Muhammad Iqtidar Shah, the petitioner’s lawyer, had filed a petition submitting that the government’s step of appointing Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the daughter of PM Nawaz Sahrif, as the Prime Minister Youth Programme chairperson, was wrong.
Earlier, the registrar office had objected the petition declaring that the petitioner had no locus standi, so he could not file the suit in this regard.
The petitioner said that the notification was issued on the directions of PM Nawaz Sharif wherein the name of Maryam was mentioned as Maryam Nawaz Sharif which was incorrect. He argued that her original name was Maryam Safdar and not Maryam Nawaz but the notification issued for her appointment, mentioned her as Maryam Nawaz Sharif which was illegal and unconstitutional. He contended that her name mentioned on her ID card and passport was Maryam Safdar while the nomination papers, submitted by her, also mentioned her as Maryam Safdar.
The petitioner said that a joint secretary of government of Pakistan issued this notification on the directions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and thus, the PM violated Article 91(5) of the constitution by concealing the fact. He pleaded the court to initiate high treason proceedings against the sitting prime minister for telling a lie and issuing a wrong-named notification. He also asked for a special bench to be constituted for the hearing in this connection. He further pleaded that the appointment of Maryam Nawaz Sharif should be declared as null and void.
2-member committee to start proceedings against advocate
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday constituted a 2-member committee for initiating proceedings under the law against Advocate M Afaq owing to his alleged conduct and behaviour unbecoming of an advocate.
CJ Bandial took this step on the complaint of Additional Registrar (Judicial), because the said advocate indulged in abusive language and unruly and obnoxious behaviour with an official of the Urgent Cell. The committee headed by Justice Ejazul Ahsan and comprising Justice Muhammad Anwaarul Haq will hold the proceedings against the advocate.
The committee has ordered the advocate to appear before it on March 6 (tomorrow), and explain why necessary proceedings under the law might not be initiated against him and why he should not be punished. The committee after going through the record of the case had observed that prima facie the said advocate was habitually and intentionally committing acts of grave indiscipline which could hamper and disrepute the process of the administration of justice.
It may be pointed out that Advocate Afaq in the recent past had misbehaved with a Deputy Registrar (Judicial) and tried to manhandle him and also used abusive language against the officer.
Consequently, a complaint was filed with the Punjab Bar Council and resultantly, his license to practice as an advocate was suspended. However, he, later on, tendered unconditional apology and got his license restored.
The committee directed the office to issue notice to the advocate through courier service as well as special messenger in order to ensure his appearance. The committee also asked the Registrar that office might not fix any matter of the said advocate in which he is counsel or petitioner before any bench, so that the said advocate might not indulge in further harassment, misconduct and unruly behaviour with court staff.