ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will continue on Thursday (today) a petition in the Islamabad Mayor Sheikh Ansar Aziz’s petition opposing his suspension.
A single IHC bench consisting of Judge Mohsin Akhtar Kayani will conduct an examination of the petition submitted by Ansar who also urges the court to let him do his job as mayor until the matter is decided.
Previously, the bench had issued a notice to the Ministry of the Interior and the Chair of the Regional Government Commission in Aziz’s request that challenged his suspension and also directed respondents to send their written replies on this issue. Mayor deferred “with immediate effect for a period of ninety (90) days to conduct a fair investigation under section 96, sub-section (1) of the Regional Government Law of the Capital City Region of Islamabad, 2015 (X 2015),” read the notice issued by the interior ministry on Sunday. In his application, the Mayor quoted the federal government, the Ministry of the Interior and local government commissions as respondents and asked the court to direct the parties to work within legal parameters. He stated in the petition that immediately after the appointment of Ali Nawaz Awan as chairman of the Regional Government Commission (LGS), the commission had begun creating obstacles in the affairs of the applicant and began giving orders in a relaxed and arbitrary manner.
“Recently the Regional Government Commission through the Chair launched attacks and attempts to evict applicants from the Islamabad Mayor’s office by leveling false and frivolous allegations against the petitioners and asking the Government to suspend the petitioners through an argument despite the fact that the suspension was not even part of the meeting agenda. “was held by the Regional Government Commission and the petitioner called the letter before the respected Islamabad High Court through a written petition awaiting adjudication before this court,” said the Sheikh petition. He added that no legal proceedings were followed in an instant case before submitting an order / recommendation which was opposed to the federal government which is the fundamental right of the applicant. He called the actions taken against him illegal. Earlier this year, a referral was filed against Aziz in which he was accused of abusing his power, using staff for personal use and operating official vehicles that were reported outside his rights. References were submitted by Humayun Akhtar, member of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and acting Chief Metropolitan Officer (CMO). The regional government commission led by PTI MP Ali Nawaz Awan recommended Aziz to be suspended during the next investigation.
However, Mayor Aziz, has opposed referring to the petition to the Islamabad High Court, claiming that the accusations against him were politically motivated. He had told the court that although there was a legitimate delegation of power to the Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (MCI), many functions had not been transferred by the CDA and the office of the chief commissioner to the MCI. He also alleged that the ruling PTI had paralyzed the union council in Islamabad and that MNA Cloud had brought challenges to the mayor soon after being appointed as head of the commission who submitted references to him.
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