Islamabad: The Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench on Thursday issued notices in a quo warranto petition challenging the appointment of Shahid Sattar, Advisor in the Ministry of Water Power, who manoeuvred to get himself appointed against the rules, regulations and norms of justice and fair play.
The petition filed by Asim Raza, through Syed Hasnain Ibrahim Kazmi Advocate, called for explanation from the respondents as to under what statuary of law he was holding this position. The court comprising Justice Mamoon-ur-Rashid has accepted the petition directed all respondents including Secretary Water and Power, Secretary Finance, Secretary Establishment Division and Shahid Sattar. Mr. Sattar has been asked to appear in person.
The petitioner has said that,
“it is submitted that due to the appointments of such incompetent persons the projects of the World Bank are either not completed or fail to achieve required results, causing a hefty loss to Pakistan and its people. The rationale behind it is that such loans are to be repaid with heavy interest rates out the pocket of the people of Pakistan, notwithstanding the hard reality of accomplishment/non accomplishment of the World Bank Projects.”
The petitioner challenged that he is unqualified for the job, does not possess that qualifications and had misstated his experience. In fact that the only recognized qualification that he possess is 3 subjects in A level, i.e he does not even have a Bachelors Degree, recognized in Pakistan. Unfortunately, the Ministry has recruited him as Advisor, paying him over 300,000 as salary and other benefits such as Rs. 5000/- per day as travelling allowance in addition to the stay in the best hotels entitled only to only BPS 22 officers. The court has issued notices to all the respondents including the major respondent.
It may be mentioned that Shahid Sattar, who personifies himself as Advisor Ministry of Water & Power was removed from a project on the same grounds by the then Prime Minster of Pakistan. There is a track record of fraudulent cases against him, and FIRs in various cases of fraud are registered against him. Amongst the FIRs quoted are the cases relating to petty thefts – (VCR, Camera etc), to threatening senior Government Officials, and major frauds while he was working for an Oil Company. A number of cases are for his frauds have been registered in various police stations.
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