Surprising move: PTI opposed to having Minallah as IHC chief 

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SIDDEEQ SAJID

ISLAMABAD

In a surprising move, ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-insaf on Thursday opposed likely appointment Justice Athar Minallah as chief justice of Islamabad High Court.

However, parliamentary body gave formal approval to his appointment as chief justice through voting.

Parliamentary committee on the appointment of judges in the superior courts met at the Parliament House. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan chaired the meeting that was attended by Raja Pervez Ashraf, Farooq H Naik, Rana Sanaullah, Javed Abbasi, Sarfraz Bugti and Noman Wazir.

The committee considered the recommendations of the judicial commission to appoint Justice Athar Minallah as chief justice of Islamabad high court.

The meeting was held in camera.  However, sources disclosed to ‘Daily Morning Mail’ that PTI members Ali Muhammad Khan and Senator Noman Wazir opposed the name of Athar Minallah saying they had reservations about him as intelligence reports and law ministry views were not in his favour.

So it was decided to go for voting, Ali Muhammad and Noman Wazir didn’t take part in voting. Others voted for favour of Justice Athar Minallah and ascent the recommendations of judicial commission..

Now Senate Secretariat will send parliamentary body’s decision to ministry of law and justice and the ministry will send it to president.

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