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Past comes back to haunt Gilani loyalists

Published Jun 19, 2013 05:08pm


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Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who served as Speaker National Assembly from 1993 to 1997, was imprisoned in February 2001 on charges of corruption. He was released on October 7, 2006.—File Photo
Former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who served as Speaker National Assembly from 1993 to 1997, was imprisoned in February 2001 on charges of corruption. He was released on October 7, 2006.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Several National Assembly officers, whose induction cost former Prime Minister and then Speaker Yousuf Raza Gilani a six-year jail term, face legal notices for their allegedly “illegal and unconstitutional” appointments.

The officers, inducted in the service of the National Assembly in 1993, were said to have political affiliations with then-Speaker Gilani, who was later elected Prime Minister in 2008.

In 2001, Mr Gilani was arrested and sent to jail for making “illegal” and “unconstitutional” appointments in excess of his powers as Speaker of the National Assembly.

The controversy involving the allegedly unconstitutional appointment by Mr Gilani recently resurfaced when the Gilani-loyalist officers filed a writ petition against some of their own colleagues.

The petition, filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) earlier this month, challenged the regularisation of a few officers who were brought to the lower house of Parliament by former Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza from other departments.

In 2008, Dr Mirza inducted a few dozen officers on deputation to work with her in the NA secretariat. According to a reply by the secretariat, some of them were later regularised after due consent from their parent departments and the Establishment Division.

Official documents obtained by revealed that the NA Secretariat was not pleased with the officers who, while forgetting the facts about their own inductions, targeted their colleagues.

The officers include Afzaal Ahmed Azad, Malik Moazzam Ali Kalru, Syed Hassan Murtaza Bukhari, Fayyaz Hussain Shah, Jawad Murtaza Naqvi, Aurangzeb Marral and Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah.

“The actions of your appointments were illegal and unconstitutional in view of the Fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 18 of the Constitution,” the show cause notice read.

During former military ruler General Musharraf’s regime, the officers moved to the Supreme Court against the first show cause notice they had received. The apex court had referred the matter back to the NA Speaker to reexamine the cases. However, none of the successive speakers ever took up those cases for final disposal.

Since they were already facing uncertain future, the petition they filed against their own colleagues has irked the NA Secretariat.

“The petitioners being recipient of show-cause notices felt the lurking danger and heard the sound of death knell hence invoked the extraordinary jurisdiction of this Hon’able Court under the garb of violation of fundamental rights to force Secretariat to put their own indiscretion on the back burner,” reads the NA Secretariat reply to the IHC.

Shahzad Raza is a freelance reporter. His twitter handle is @shahz79


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DharmendraGoel Jun 19, 2013 05:23pm

I am convinced that like oursubcontinent , there isconstant jobbery and nepotism in higherreaches ofpolitical stalwarts. it is the bane of ourimmature adherence to rule of correct impersonal law andfreedom from personal animus that makesInstitutionsof Democracy function. Itappears that60 yrs of decolonisation hasnot allowed oureklite to give up old feudal system of patronage. One doesnot know when thesouth Asia shall graduate to genuine Democracy. D. goel

Tahir Jun 19, 2013 07:21pm

Mr Raza, act like a journalist. Since one your relatives, Mr Shamoon Hashmi, whose position has been challenged, you have filed this nakedly biases story. Would you like to throw some light on this. In one of your last stories, you projected Ms Nargis Sethi as top choice bureaucrat for Mr Nawaz Sharif. Your story has bombed. She has been sent to the EAD, one of the attached departments of the finance division. I am surprised, why Dawn is treating your stories like this. You must have some good source in the management. Anyways, grow up. Not your capital TV, but, we do believe Dawn, as a trustworthy media house.

Tahir Jun 19, 2013 07:32pm

Mr Raza stop filing nakedly biased stories. Who doesn't know you, you have a relative posted in the National Assembly, Shamoon Hashmi, whose position has been challenged by these officers. And what about your previous story in which you claimed Ms Nargis Sethi is poised to become top bureaucrat choice for Mr Nawaz Sharif. Where is she know? By the way one thing is quite surprising. How come Dawn is dealing your stories despite the fact your work in Capital TV. You must have some good friend in the Dawn management. Anyways, grow up.

ailly Jun 20, 2013 02:35am

Shahzad you have again failed to impress with such childish article. Seems you need a way to go for putting some good articles. Though topic was relevant however, the material and the sequence was hurriedly finalized..... do you know some one in this newspaper ?.

Above mentioned facts are just facts, who are those guys where were appointed and in which departments ?... can you please try and find out and expose them here, in your next article.... since you are writing regularly for Dawn... you have responsibility to expose those appointed gentlemen.

Kamal Jun 20, 2013 04:20am

Gilani did not learn any lesson from his 6-year jail term for ordering illegal appointments he did as the speaker of NA. He rather used to boast about his illegal actions. As PM, he did 100 times more illegal appointments to create huge cases of corruption. He practically slapped in the face of law of the land and indulged in extreme corrupt practices. He deserve extreme punishment.

fazalpai Jun 20, 2013 02:29pm

"RULE OF LAW "(after change of govts.) shame on judiciary, no matter past or present

Khalid Jun 20, 2013 03:54pm

Well, every government in Pakistan appoints their "favourites" to make sure nothing goes according to the law and procedures. Because these oofficers are "promoted", "transferred" or given "new responsibilities", they would break every single law and since the Prime Minister (or his cronies) will defend these people all the way, they have (and in turn the Prime Minister) a free hand to abuse their powers and of course benefit the BOSS. Mr. Sharif has just done a similar shuffle. I wonder if anyone is going to ask him to explain the changes.

a Jun 20, 2013 08:03pm

How was Gilani elected as Prime minister? Was it a country wide vote or thhe president (Mr 10%) voted him in. These bunch of politicians are the most corrupt people to walk the face of the earth.

Duke Jun 21, 2013 03:38am

I can't stand these corrupt politicians as much as I can't stand two-faced, corrupt judges of Pakistan! And yes, that INCLUDES, your precious Chief Justice. He is the worst thing ever to happen to Pakistan.

One day, every Pakistani will realize this.

Hassan Jun 22, 2013 03:45pm

I salute Mr. Shahzad Raza for unveiling the truth. It must have hurt many as I can see from some nasty remarks. As a human rights activist, I also know that the age-old culprits, the deadwoods and sheer incompetent political appointees of Yousuf Gilani have also challenged the appointment of a poor victim of acid burns in the National Assembly. This state institution has remained unable to perform because of the poor performance of such political appointees, who were dished out jobs on a silver platter without any test, interview or newspaper advertisement. Their case, as reported by the learned writer, is still before the apex court. Why did not these incompetent lot go to the court when the deputrationist officers were brought in? Why did they chose to go to the court when the former Speaker was in power? Shame on them

Ayub Amjad Mirza Jun 22, 2013 04:57pm

@Tahir : The story doesn't seems biased to me but one can say Shahzad has done a brilliant job being a journalist to publish such story. At least it is far better than the stories filed by Omar Cheema or Ansar Abbasi dictated by Boots sitting at Abpara. Rather than appreciating him you are attacking him with something that has nothing to do with the post. Everyone knows Shamoon is one of the brilliant officer at National Assembly comparatively to those sarkari officers who are Zang Aalood. I have been reading many articles including the one written by Rauf Klasra on the appointments and transfers made by former Speaker NA Dr. Mirza but I am failed to understand why people just attack Shamoon? People don't want to see hard working officers at such places but ineligible Parchis are always welcomed.

Ali Jun 22, 2013 06:02pm

But isn't Shamoon Hashmi in service of Pakistan since 90s. Met him when he was with Dr. A. Q. Khan at KRL. Also, now I know why Rauf Klasra has so much interest in this story - seems Multani nepotism bhai chara.