Political appointees: many asked to continue but advocate general, others refuse

Political appointees: many asked to continue but advocate general, others refuse

SRINAGAR: Many political appointees of the PDP-BJP coalition government were on Friday asked to continue their services, a day after the governor NN Vohra-led administration had reportedly ordered that all such appointees should be asked to resign by Friday morning.
One of them, Additional Advocate General Mahfooz Nazki, told Kashmir Reader that he was asked by the office of the law secretary to continue his services after he filed his resignation. Similarly, Advocate General Jahangir Iqbal Ganie and Additional Advocate General Shahbaz Sikandar have been asked to continue. However, it was learnt that the trio refused the offer.
“I received a call on Thursday from law secretary’s office and was told to resign. Today I received a call from the same office that I should continue but I have decided I will not continue. I work in Advocate General’s team and if he is not there how can I,” Mahfooz said.
“It was strange on part of the government to ask us to resign and then ask us to continue,” said Mahfooz who represented the Education department, Srinagar Development Authority and Board of Professional Entrance Examination departments in courts.
As many as 50 state counsels and heads of commissions and boards were reportedly asked to submit their resignation by Friday morning. Their services were ceased to have existed after the death of former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7. On an average, these counsels represented the state in more than 60 cases a day.
Except for Mufti’s advisor Amitabh Mattoo and political analyst in CM’s office Waheed Ur Rehman Para, no other political appointee had resigned.
Kashmir Reader could not ascertain how many appointees were asked to continue and how many have accepted or turned down the offer because despite repeated attempts neither commissioner secretary law Mohammad Ashraf Mir nor political advisor to the governor Khursheed Ganai were available for comments.

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