PTI plea against transfers, postings sent for larger bench

Punjab Assembly elections
Amraiz Khan

The Lahore High Court (LHC) sent PTI petition against transfers and postings by the Punjab caretaker government, to the chief justice for constitution of a larger bench.

Single bench comprised of Justice Jawad Hassan also summoned reply from the parties.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry, Hamad Azhar have been among 13 from the party ranks who have filed a petition in the high court challenging reshuffle in the Punjab bureaucracy.

“Caretaker government has been installed for delimitations and holding general elections,” according to the petition. “The constitution and the law not allows the caretaker setup to reshuffle the Punjab bureaucracy,” petitioners said.

They pleaded to the court to halt the caretaker government from postings and transfers and declare the reshuffle as null and void.

Petitioners have made the election commission, caretaker government and principal secretary to the Governor as respondents in the case.

“You should be pleased that by elections are being held in time,” Justice Jawad Hassan said to petitioners’ lawyer.

“We didn’t challenge the by election, we are happy over it,” lawyer said. “By elections have been announced and its schedule also issued,” he said.