Court reserves judgment in stay order against Fatemi


Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The Islamabad High Court on Monday adjourned hearing of a petition against the appointment of the Special Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi for one week while reserved its judgment in the petition that sought immediate stay order against the special advisor.
Justice Athar Minallah of the IHC issued the order after hearing arguments of Raja Zahoorul Hassan, the petitioner in the case. The petitioner has moved the petition against what he says “misuse of authority by prime minister’s special assistant Tariq Fatemi.” The petitioner advocate Raja Zahoorul Hassan filed the petition as a citizen of Pakistan.
The petitioner questioned that the prime minister appointed Mr Fatemi as special assistant to the prime minister in June 2013 but Fatemi has ‘imposed’ himself upon Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has virtually taken over the office of minister of state for foreign affairs and enjoy ‘unauthorised’ access to the ‘sensitive’ documents of ministry.
According to the petition, the special assistant to the prime minister is not a constitutional post and he does not possess the executive authority. It alleged that Mr Fatemi misused his authority as he obtained $71,000 from the Embassy of Japan for a nongovernmental organisation, True Worth Foundation.
The petition said in addition to appointing unqualified persons on lucrative positions, Mr Fatemi was involved in transfer of a 10-kanal land to a private school. The petition requested the court to order investigation against the special assistant to the prime minister on foreign affairs.

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