Tariq Fatemi’s authority challenged
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).