ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday suspended the appointment orders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Abrar ul Haq as the chairman of Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
A single-member bench comprising IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted the hearing of a petition against the appointment of Abrar ul Haq as PRCS chief.
The order came on a petition filed by the outgoing chairman Saeed Ilahi filed against the notification of Abrar ul Haq as PRCS chairman.
He contended in the petition that his term, which was extended for a period of three years on March 9, 2017, will expire on March 9 next year.
He also pointed out that the appointment of the PTI leader was also in conflict with the PRCS’s interest as the former not only runs a hospital and private college but also collects donations for his non-government organisation (NGO).
He requested the court to set aside the notification issued on Nov 15 with the approval of President Dr Arif Alvi.
The petition cited President Alvi, secretary cabinet division, secretary national health service and Ibrarul Haq as respondents.
During the hearing today, Justice Minallah remarked that the removal of Elahi was unlawful according to the proscribed rules.
The high court adjourned the hearing till November 29 after issuing notices to Establishment Division, Abrar ul Haq and other parties in the case.
The court also issued a stay order, baring the PTI leader from assuming charge as PRCS chairman.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minhallah said the notification of Haq’s appointment would remain suspended till the next hearing.