Tariq Fatemi’s au­thor­ity chal­lenged

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—A pe­ti­tion has been filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the au­thor­ity and ‘mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion’ of Prime Min­is­ter’s Spe­cial As­sis­tant Tariq Fatemi.

The pe­ti­tioner Ad­vo­cate Raja Za­hoorul Has­san has filed the pe­ti­tion in the ca­pac­ity of cit­i­zen.

The pe­ti­tioner in his pe­ti­tion ar­gued that the prime min­is­ter in June 2013 ap­pointed Mr Fatemi as Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Prime Min­is­ter but he has “im­posed him­self upon Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and has vir­tu­ally taken over the of­fice of the Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs thus en­joy­ing ‘unau­tho­rized’ ac­cess to the ‘sen­si­tive’ doc­u­ments of the min­istry.

Ac­cord­ing to the pe­ti­tion, the Spe­cial As­sis- tant to the Prime Min­is­ter is not a con­sti­tu­tional post thus with­out any ex­ec­u­tive au­thor­ity.

The pe­ti­tion has also al­leged that Mr Fatemi mis­used his au­thor­ity as he ob­tained $71,000 from the Em­bassy of Japan for a Non-Gov­ern­men­tal Or­ga­ni­za­tion (NGO) True Worth Foun­da­tion. The pe­ti­tion goes on to say that in ad­di­tion to the ap­point­ment of un­qual­i­fied per­sons on lu­cra­tive po­si­tions, Mr Fatemi has mis­used his au­thor­ity in trans­fer­ring 10-kanal land to a pri­vate school.

The pe­ti­tion has re­quested the court to or­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion into all th­ese is­sues namely mis­use of pow­ers by the spe­cial as­sis­tant to the prime min­is­ter on for­eign af­fairs.

IHC sin­gle mem­ber bench com­pris­ing Jus­tice Athar Mi­nal­lah will take the pe­ti­tion for hearing on Wed­nes­day (to­day).

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