Peshawar High Court suspends appointment of KP CM’s advisers, Special assistants
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court suspended notifications by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government announcing the appointment of five advisers and special assistants to the provincial chief minister (CM).
The decision was announced by Justice Ikramullah Khan on a writ petition lodged by Awami National Party (ANP) provincial lawmaker Khush Dil Khan, challenging the appointments.
The notifications were issued previously this year announcing the appointments of Ajmal Wazir, Ziaullah Khan Bangash, and Hamayatullah Khan as the chief minister’s advisers and Abdul Karim Khan, and Kamran Khan Bangash as the chief minister’s special assistants.
Responding to the court’s decision, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai said that the provincial government was going through the court order.
He said that he had only learnt of the decision through television news channels and that no notice had been issued to the government by the court in the matter.
He said nothing was unlawful in the appointment of the five special assistants and advisers by the government. He said that the Constitution enables more than five advisers and special assistants to be appointed by the chief minister.
He said that he was in contact with the advocate-general and would respond in detail after going through the court’s order and reasons for suspending the notification.