Transfer of ‘Azad Kashmir’ CS, IGP challenged in court

MUZAFFARABAD: Muslim League-Nawaz’s Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) chapter on Monday filed a petition in the high court against the state government for barring two top officials from performing their duties.
The state government on February 23 had ordered the removal of the Chief Secretary and Inspector General of Police (IGP). PaK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed had accused them of calling in Rangers during a by-election in the Legislative Assembly-22 Sudhnuti-Poonch constituency on February 22.
The petition was filed by Advocate Raja Hanif on behalf of opposition leader Raja Farooq Haider Khan. The chief of PML-N PaK chapter filed a petition to request the court to cancel all orders issued by Prime Minister Majeed issued from February 23 to March 10.
Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed refused to get back the Chief Secretary Khizer Hayat Gondal and IGP Malik Khuda Bakhsh Awan.
In this connection, the Prime Minister had written a letter to the federal government that was turned down by the Establishment Division, stating that in compliance with the spirit of the 1949 Karachi Agreement, transfers and postings of officers on loan in the region is not the subject of the state government, the petition stated.
The petitioner maintained that the PaK Prime Minister had amended the Rules of Business and appointed the secretaries while bypassing the Chief Secretary which was not only illegal but also a violation of the Interim Act 1974 and the PaK Constitution.—Agencies