Courts exercising administrative powers to affect system: Khursheed Shah

Khursheed Shah

SUKKUR: Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah commenting on IG Sindh AD Khawaja’s case on Friday said that if the courts started exercising government’s authority then this would affect the system.
Speaking to media here, Shah said that courts can direct, but not dictate. “The matter of IG Sindh is related to governance and it creates problems if the courts start using administrative powers.”
He said the courts can work remaining within their ambit.
In April, the Sindh government had removed the IG and replaced him with an officer already posted in the province. The Sindh government did not take the federal government on board and appointed another officer without waiting for the Establishment Division to appoint a new police chief.
Pakistan Institute of Labour, Education and Research head Karamat Ali and singer/activist Shahzad Roy filed petitions in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against the verdict, after which the court stayed Khawaja’s removal as IG Sindh.
On Thursday, the SHC annulled the provincial government’s order removing Khawaja and ordered that he will continue on his post until completion of his due term.
The opposition leader said there is same situation in Punjab on the basis of which there have been reservations on Sindh administration, adding, “Courts should give similar verdicts everywhere”.
Commenting on Panama case, he said Nawaz Sharif succeeded whenever he acted on his advice, but in this case the former premier did not, which led him to this point.


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