PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) suspended on Wednesday a notification of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government appointing Najibullah Khattak as media adviser in the BPS-19.
Justice Malik Manzoor Hussain and Justice Ikramullah Khan suspended the notification about the appointment of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Vice President Najibullah Khattak in Karak District as media adviser and issued a notice to the provincial government through chief secretary, secretary information, Public Relations and Culture Department, director information and Najibullah Khattak. Journlaist Shaukat Hayat Khattak, who was a candidate for the post, had challenged the appointment in the high court, praying to the court to declare the notification void as Najibullah Khattak was purely appointed on political basis and was not qualified for the post.
The petitioner’s lawyer Shakeel Ahmad submitted before the bench that the provincial government advertised the post in the newspapers and sought applications till December 19, 2013. After proper procedure the candidates were short-listed for the post along with the petitioner, but Najibullah Khattak’s name was not in the short-listed list of candidates for the post, the petitioner’s lawyer added.
He told the two-member bench that after 40 days of the closing date, the provincial government and director information included the name of Najibullah in the shortlisted candidates with malafide intentions and then on July 7 appointed him as the media adviser in BPS-19 in the KP Media Cell in violation of merit and on political consideration. The petitioner’s lawyer informed the bench that Najibullah was serving as PTI vice-president of Karak District prior to joining the service as a media advisor. The appointed media advisor “does not possess the requisite qualification to be appointed on the post,” he went on to say.
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