The Lahore High Court here on Friday while disposing of a petition against the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as Chairperson of Prime Minister Youth Loan (PMYL) programme, directed the government to strictly observe law and transparency in the appointment, if required, of new head of the loan programme. The court had doubted the intention of the government; however, the appointment should have been made through due process of law.
The court, however, welcomed the resignation of Maryam Nawaz Sharif from the chairpersonship of PMYL Programme terming it a step towards strengthening of democracy. Maryam Nawaz quit the post ‘voluntarily’.
Earlier, a law officer appeared before the court and presented a copy of the resignation of Maryam. The law officer stated that the resignation of the chairperson would not affect smooth functioning of the loan programme. The petitioner, Zubair Niazi, a local leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, had taken a plea that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif misused his prerogative by appointing his own daughter as head of the loan scheme.
Meanwhile, the court dismissed a petition seeking an action against the prime minister for mentioning the name of his daughter as Maryam Nawaz in notification of the chairperson’s appointment instead of her real name “Maryam Safdar”. The petitioner, Iqtidar Shah, alleged the prime minister “defrauded” the nation by mentioning the ‘wrong’ name of his daughter in the notification.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT