SC summons Khurshid over EOBI appointments
ISLAMABAD—The Supreme Court on Thursday summoned Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah and di- rected him to submit reply over the matter of alleged illegal appointments in Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI).
The court also issued bailable arrest warrants for former Secretary Ministry of Labour and Manpower Arif Azeem and summoned him to appear before the court on next date of hearing. The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the contempt of court case over illegal appointments in EOBI.
At the outset of hearing, Special Prosecutor National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Nasir Mughal appeared before the court and stated that the court orders were delivered to Arif Azeem but he did not appear before the court. The chief justice asked why he did not appear before the court and asked who the then minister was for Labour and Manpower?
The Special Prosecutor told the court that Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah was the Incharge minister. The court expressed annoyance over absence of Arif Azeem and issued bailable arrest warrants against one lac surety bond and also directed to include Arif Azeem’s name in Exist Control List (ECL). Later, hearing of the case was adjourned for one month.
Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Thursday reviewed the performance of the last six months of Human Right Cell of Supreme Court. According to Shahid Hussain PRO SC, the Chief Justice of Pakistan was informed that HR Cell working under the direct supervision of his lordship, receives average 2500 applications per month.
The backlog of applications in the HR Cell of Apex Court on 01st December 2015 was 10,750 applications. As 14,893 new applications were instituted during the period from 01st December, 2015 to 31st May 2016, the progressive total of pending applications came to 25343 applications. Out of these, 15,740 applications were disposed of during the above mentioned period.
These applications included overseas Pakistanis complaints regarding delay in issuance of CNOP machine readable passports, illegal dispossession of properties, usurpation of inherited properties, lack of qualified professional legal advice, fraud, etc.—APP