SC sum­mons Khur­shid over EOBI ap­point­ments

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

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

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