IHC rejects petition challenging Shehbaz’s appointment as PAC chairman

A petition has been rejected by the two-member bench of the Islamabad High Court on Tuesday challenging the appointment of Shehbaz Sharif as the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The bench headed by the Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Athar Minallah and comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani rejected the petition as non-maintainable. The high court had earlier reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from the petitioner’s lawyer.

The petitioner, Advocate Riaz Hanif Rahi, had contended before the Islamabad High Court that Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif was not eligible to serve as the chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC). He said issuance of his production orders [by NA speaker] was against the rules of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The lawyer of the petitioner argued that appointing Shehbaz Sharif as chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was like “ridiculing the constitution”, thus Islamabad High Court (IHC) should reject the Opposition Leader of the National Assembly from the top post of PAC.

“Appointing corruption suspect Shehbaz as PAC chairman would influence the inquiry,” he asserted, while mentioning that issuing production order for the president of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz to attend the National Assembly session, was also against the law of National Accountability Bureau (NAB).