IHC rejects petition seeking Shahzad Akbar’s removal as premier’s adviser

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 The Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected a petition seeking the removal of Barrister Shahzad Akbar from the post of adviser to the prime minister on accountability on Wednesday. In a nine-page verdict issued by the IHC Chief Justice Athar Minullah, the court rejected the plea and added some observations to the decision. In the written order, the court mentioned that no record has been submitted that proves Akbar interfered in NAB’s matters.

The verdict also stated that the Constitution allows the president to appoint a maximum number of five advisers upon the advice of the prime minister, adding that it is the prerogative of the premier to appoint any adviser for himself.

In the written order, the court stated that there are no standards set for the appointment of an adviser to the prime minister. Touching upon the role of an adviser, the court observed that he/she can become part of the parliament’s proceedings but cannot cast a vote.

The IHC dismissed the request to look into Akbar’s position as the head of the Assets Recovery Unit, saying the issue has been raised at the Supreme Court and the apex court will issue a detailed verdict on the matter.

Wrapping up the petition, the IHC expressed the hope that Akbar will continue to dispense his duties in accordance with the law.

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