ISLAMABAD–The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday sought reply from the Federal Government and Higher Education Commission (HEC) regarding the appointment of Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad as Chairman HEC within a week.
A one-judge bench headed by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui resumed hearing of a writ petition filed by Arsal Ikram through his counsel Muhammad Shoaib Shaheen, Muhammad Umair Baloch , challenging the appointment of Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad.
During the course of proceeding, the petitioner’s counsels pleaded that the appointment of chairman HEC was made while not following the due process of law.
They maintained that first search committee constituted by the PM for the appointment of chairman HEC which was headed by Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning Development & Reform short listed 11 candidates for interview.
He added that the committee further short listed three candidates, including Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Dr. Nijma and Dr Niaz Ahmed after conducting interview on Feb 11, 2014 and their names were sent to the PM for the final selection.
The petitioner added that the committee received total 103 applications for the said post.
However, the PM dissolved the committee and constituted another Search Committee headed by Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Water & Power, Defence following the controversy raised after the short listing of three above mentioned candidates by the first search committee.
Afterward the Government appointed Dr Mukhtar Ahmad as a permanent Chairman HEC, who was rejected by himself while reviewing name of three candidates approved by first search committee, the petitioner added.
The petitioner pleaded before the court that a candidate who was rejected could not be included in the selection process as per the prescribed law.
He prayed before the bench to declare Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad’s appointment as Chairman HEC illegal.
Later the bench while directing to the Government and HEC to submit their reply adjourned further hearing of the case for a week.
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