KP caretaker CM’s appointment challenged in PHC

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PESHAWAR: A senior lawyer here Tuesday challenged the appointment of Justice retired Dost Muhammad Khan as caretaker chief minister ofKhyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Peshawar High Court (PHC), arguing that his appointment was made in violation of the constitution.
Syed Aziz Uddin, a senior lawyer of PHC in his petition contended that after taking the oath of the Chief Minister, he becomes the chief executive of the province and thus he must has to fulfill articles 62 and 63 of the constitution which provide that any person shall be disqualified from being elected or chosen if he has been in the service of Pakistan or any statuary body unless a period of two years has elapsed since he ceased to be in such service.
The petitioner further contended that the current KP caretaker CM does notfulfill the constitutional requirement as he has been retired on March 20, 2018.Justice retired Dost Muhammad has been appointed as the K-P caretaker Chief Minister by the Election Commission of Pakistan on June 4 from the list offour names provided by the previous KP Government and leader of opposition afterthe six member parliamentary committee had failed to reachconsensus on choosing the interim chief minister.
The petitioner claimed that his appointment is also against the 2009 National Judicial Policy.The National Judicial Policy (revised edition 2002) provides that a judgeof the Supreme Court shall not accept any post lower to his post or dignity, heclaimed.The post of the caretaker CM is lower than the post from which from whichhe is retired on March, 2018, he added.He contended that the judicial policy provided that by the virtue of independence of judiciary no judge can even accept the position of the act governor of the province.
The petitioner questioned when Justice Dost Muhammad has very recently retired, how he can take such an oath when the law and the constitution forbid him from taking any political or administrative post for at least two years after retirement.He prayed before high court that the Caretaker CM doesn t fulfill the criteria of the caretaker chief minister, thus his appointment should be declared illegal, unconstitutional and null and void.–APP

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