ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has rejected the constitutional petition against the appointment of NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, expressed concern over the filing of the petition against the appointment of NADRA’s chairman under Article 184 (3) of the constitution. The chief justice asked Ali Raza, counsel for the petitioner, why did he not approach the proper forum against the official’s appointment. He told the counsel that it was not his place to file such a petition under Article 184(3).
Petitioner Waqar Ali Sheikh had filed the petition against the appointment of NADRA chairman. It is worth noting that in the tenure of former CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the Supreme Court had accepted several constitutional petitions against the appointment of government officers and they were removed in view of public interest. New chief justice of Pakistan, Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, has already observed, “There is need to consider/determine the limits and contours of jurisdiction under Article 184(3) of the constitution with a view to discourage frivolous petitions and to prevent the misuse of jurisdiction by vested interests.”
Meanwhile, the government has told the same bench that it would examine the legality of appointments in Port and Shipping and Port Qasim Authority and appropriate order would be passed in this regard within 30 days.
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