Durrani-Khalil compromise likely on AG issue
By Iqbal Khattak
PESHAWAR: A compromise is likely between NWFP Chief Minister Akram Durrani and Governor Khalilur Rehman to resolve their differences over the appointment of Hamid Farooq as advocate general (AG) of the province, an official source said on Saturday.
The deal follows “interference” by the federal government in sorting out the controversy arising from Durrani’s strong opposition to Khalil’s decision to appoint Farooq as advocate general for NWFP, ignoring a panel of names the chief minister had proposed, the source told Daily Times.
“What is expected to happen is that the chief minister will present around two or three new names to the governor. The two names Durrani had already proposed will not be included in the new list,” the source said. “Under the new deal, anyone who does not qualify for a judge’s post is ineligible for the advocate general’s office,” the source said. Newly appointed AG Hamid Farooq meanwhile will be asked to resign from his post to pave the way for a new advocate general, the source said.
Law Minister Malik Zafar Azam and Farooq were unavailable for comments.