Lahore: The Lahore High Court gave the federal government on Tuesday an opportunity to replace Maryam Nawaz with another person as head of the Prime Minister Youth Loan Programme.
“The chairperson has to be changed,” Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah observed during the hearing of a petition filed by Zubair Niazi, a local leader and ticket holder of pp-140, against the appointment.
The judge, however said that the court was showing civility by giving a chance to the government to change the chairperson in a transparent manner and by the book.
During the proceedings, deputy attorney general Amir Rehman showed academic record of Maryam Nawaz, but withdrew them after failing to answer a query whether the PH.D degree was actual or honorary. He said the details presented before the court were gathered from the internet.
Defending the disputed appointment, the DGR aruged that the office of the chairperson was not a public office but a kind of focal person. He said holding of the chairperson’s post by Maryam Nawaz did not affect the disbursement of funds.
The judge asked the law officer whether a cook could be appointed as focal person in the name of prerogative. The court also rejected the argument that appointment of foreign ambassadors was also an example of the premier’s prerogative.
Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel argued that the nomination of Maryam Nawam was a case of nepotism. Further he said the appointment had been made in violation of law and several judgments passed by the Supreme Court. He said neither a public notice nor an advertisement was issued before the appointment.