ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken notice of all official promises made after August 18, 2016 without the approval of the federal government which means the prime minister and his cabinet.
And to this effect, a letter signed on April 24 by Muhammad Azam Khan, Secretary of the Prime Minister said that the prime minister directed all federal secretaries, additional secretaries (in charge) of all divisions to give cabinet secretaries within the week before April 30, 2020 a list that shows all appointments that require approval from the federal government.
All secretaries, additional secretaries (responsible) of the division have also been asked to provide a list of all appointments made in accordance with the delegated authority of the federal cabinet to the federal minister, secretary, illegal, null and void jurisdiction.
As per the letter, the prime minister further directed that the exercise would be completed on April 30, 2020 and the list would be distributed to the cabinet secretary who would present the same thing before the federal cabinet at a meeting scheduled for May 5. 2020 (Tuesday).
The prime minister’s secretariat takes this decision in view of the decision of the Supreme Court and the High Court of Islamabad.
The letter also mentions the decision of the high court behind the prime minister’s notice and for this matter refers to the decision of the Islamabad High Court on April 23, 2020 which clearly says: the initial designation of respondent No.2 and Respondent No.3 was not made by the federal government as explicitly given under the 2010 action and, therefore, they were without jurisdiction, null and void. “
It was further stated that the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its verdict reported on 18 August 2016 stated that the federal government included the prime minister and his cabinet. The prime minister or any other minister, the secretary cannot exclusively and solely represent the federal government and whenever and the law requires decisions to be made by the federal government, then it must be a Cabinet decision including the prime minister.
In view of the aforementioned high court’s ruling, the prime minister is happy to direct and all federal secretaries / additional secretaries (responsible) of all divisions will conduct exercises that show all appointments made after 18 August 2016, requiring approval from the federal government / cabinet in accordance with relevant laws / regulations / regulations, which are made without the approval of the federal government / cabinet.
The list must, inter alia, include all such appointments made in accordance with the authority of the federal cabinet delegated to federal ministers / secretaries, which are illegal, null and void of jurisdiction.
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