Appointments to GB services tribunal challenged in court
GILGIT: All the major bar associations of Gilgit-Baltistan have filed a writ petition in the Chief Court, Gilgit, challenging the appointments of chairman and two members of Gilgit-Baltistan Services Tribunal and announced to launch a protest campaign against it.
Supreme Appellate Court Bar Association president Shahbaz Khan advocate filed the petition on behalf of his association and High Court Bar and Gilgit and Skardu districts bar associations.
The petitioner stated that the appointment of chairman and two members by the GB governor through an ordinance on Feb 21, 2014 was a violation of law and against the Empowerment and Self Governance Order 2009. They pleaded that the amendment introduced through an ordinance should be declared illegal.
The petitioner stated that the amendment to the GB Services Tribunal Act 2010 was discriminatory and made with ulterior motive to appoint the blue eyed persons.
Talking to Dawn, Mr Shahbaz claimed that the appointments at the services tribunal were made in violation of rules and regulations. “It is the first ordinance in the history of GB made by the governor and it too is controversial,” he said.
The lawyers organisations of GB have decided to resist the ordinance under which appointments to the services tribunal were made.
Mr Shahbaz alleged that the appointees did not meet the criteria defined in the existing GB laws and thus the governor promulgated the ordinance to accommodate blue eyed persons on lucrative posts.
The Chief Court bench comprising Justice Wazir Shakeel and Justice Mohammad Alam Khan admitted the petition for hearing and ordered to issue notices to respondents in the case, including the GB governor, chief minister, chief secretary, chairman and two members of the services tribunal, to appear before the court.
According to a press release issued on Friday, an urgent meeting of the bar associations’ members decided that all the associations of lawyers would start a protest campaign and boycott the services tribunal.
The lawyers also decided to observe one-hour symbolic boycott of all courts across GB on Saturdays till cancellation of orders concerning formation of services tribunal.