SHC seeks comments on CM’s too much advisers, coordinators

February 7, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday directed federal and provincial governments and others respondents to submit their respective comments on a petition challenging too many appointments of advisors, special assistants, coordinators to the Chief Minister Sindh.

The petitioner, Moulvi Iqbal Haider, moved the court, citing federal cabinet secretary, chief secretary, advisors Asghar Ali Khan Junejo and Syed Murad Ali Shah; special assistants Ziaul Hassan Lanjar, Waqas Malik, Waqar Mehdi, Rashid Hussain Rabbani, Imtiaz Hussain, Yousuf Mastoi, Jam Qasim, Umer Rehman Malik, Sharmila Farooqi, Javed Ahmed Shah, Syed Riaz Hussain Shah and Khan Sahab Sohrab Khan Marri, and parliamentary secretaries to CM, Taj Haider, Siddiqui Abu Bhai, Ahsan Raza Jafri, Nadia Gabol, Lai Bux Mangi, Pir Mujeeb-ul-Haq, Dr Sikander Ali Shoro, Dr Fayyaz Butt and Nasir Shah as respondents.

He told the two-judge bench that Sindh government had appointed 23 advisers and special assistants, coordinators and parliamentary and political secretaries instead of five, whose status was equivalent to that of provincial ministers, in sheer violation of the country’s Constitution, besides, putting heavy burden on the national wealth.

He said that as per record issued by the services general administration and coordination department, there were some 18 provincial ministers, including the chief minister, which is also against the Constitution, which restricts the number of ministers in any cabinet to 15 or 11 percent of the total membership of the provincial assembly.

He pleaded the court to declare that excessive number of advisers, special assistants, coordinators and parliamentary secretaries instead of five, was burden on the national exchequer and violation of Article 130 (11) of the Constitution.

He requested the court to direct provincial government to show under what authority and law, 23 people were appointed as advisers, special assistants, coordinators and parliamentary secretaries. The court was also pleaded to strike down the notifications regarding appointment of too many advisers, special assistants, coordinators and parliamentary secretaries in Sindh cabinet.

After hearing preliminary arguments, a division bench headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar issued notice to respondents, advocate general Sindh and deputy attorney general. The hearing of case was put off till February 24.