ISLAMABAD:The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday adjourned the hearing of case challenging the appointment of Tariq Bajwa as State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor for an indefinite period.
An IHC bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Moshin Akther Kiyani heard an appeal of 23 senators against the single-member bench’s decision.
The petitioner’s counsel Syed Iqbal Hussain argued before the bench that the single member bench had ignored several aspect of the case. Tariq Bajwa did not have any relevant experience and his appointment was made in violation of procedure, he added.
The court issued notices to the respondents and adjourned the case sine die.
The single-member bench of Justice Miangull Hassan Aurangzeb on July 17, 2018 had declared Bajwa’s posting as SBP governor in accordance with the rules.
The senators in their petition had maintained that the bank did not comply with legal requirements in hiring the governor, thereby violating the 18th amendment. According to the amendment, the power to appoint the governor of the State Bank had been transferred to the prime minister and his cabinet division.—APP