SC upholds IHC decision on appointment of SAPMs

Prime minister can appoint a special assistant at his own discretion, says court

Statesman Report

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday rejected an appeal filed against the appointment of prime minister's special assistants and upheld an earlier decision of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

The apex court dissolved the bench hearing the appeal after Justice Muneeb Akhtar excused himself from the case. A new bench, headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan, was constituted.

Referring to the apex court's decision rejecting a petition filed against Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari for his dual nationality, Justice Ahsan said the court has already ruled that a dual national is permitted to be a special assistant.

"My petition is not about dual citizenship. Special assistants do not come under the Special Service of Pakistan. The cabinet is allowed to have ministers and only five advisers," the lawyer said.

Justice Ahsan said the apex court's decision further stated that the prime minister can appoint a special assistant at his own discretion.

Earlier in December, the IHC dismissed a petition filed against appointment of five unelected advisers and 15 special assistants to the prime minister (SAPMs).

A division bench presided over by Justice Aamer Farooq unveiled the order that was reserved on September 9.The writ petition filed by GM Chaudhry advocate on behalf of a citizen on January 2 challenged appointments of advisers and SAPMs that are part of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cabinet. --EndFragment-->