ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has rejected a petition filed by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) against a Dec 4, 2014 order passed by Implementation Tribunal for Newspaper Employees (ITNE) requiring the authority to auction a plot at Zero Point and pay its proceeds to the workers of the now defunct daily The Muslim.

“The sole question before this court in the instant matter is whether or not the impugned order suffers from a jurisdictional defect or illegality,” said a four-page order authored by Justice Babar Sattar of the IHC and then answered the question by stating that “the counsel for the petitioner (Malik Javed Iqbal Wain) has failed to make out a case that it does. The petition is therefore without merit and dismissed.

The court said no document was produced on record before the court that CDA in exercise of its jurisdiction had cancelled the plot. Besides, the order of cancellation produced before the high court was dated May 14, 2015, which was after the ITNE order was passed and consequently on the basis of such cancellation order it cannot be claimed that the ITNE order suffered from any illegality, said the court order.

In its Dec 4, 2015 order, ITNE chairman Justice Rauf Ahmed Sheikh had said the plot had been allotted to Islamabad Publications (The Muslim) by the CDA and placed on the reserved category meaning thereby that it cannot be used for any other purposes.

Muslim Workers Union (MWU) President Chaudhry Ishaq and General Secretary Khan M. Nisar had pleaded the case before the ITNE.

Published in Dawn, November 14th, 2021

Opinion

Budgeting without people

Budgeting without people

Even though the economy is a critical issue, discussions about it involve a select few who are not really interested in communicating with the people.

Editorial

Iranian tragedy
Updated 21 May, 2024

Iranian tragedy

Due to Iran’s regional and geopolitical influence, the world will be watching the power transition carefully.
Circular debt woes
21 May, 2024

Circular debt woes

THE alleged corruption and ineptitude of the country’s power bureaucracy is proving very costly. New official data...
Reproductive health
21 May, 2024

Reproductive health

IT is naïve to imagine that reproductive healthcare counts in Pakistan, where women from low-income groups and ...
Wheat price crash
Updated 20 May, 2024

Wheat price crash

What the government has done to Punjab’s smallholder wheat growers by staying out of the market amid crashing prices is deplorable.
Afghan corruption
20 May, 2024

Afghan corruption

AMONGST the reasons that the Afghan Taliban marched into Kabul in August 2021 without any resistance to speak of ...
Volleyball triumph
20 May, 2024

Volleyball triumph

IN the last week, while Pakistan’s cricket team savoured a come-from-behind T20 series victory against Ireland,...