ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) declared former premier Raja Pervaiz Ashraf’s son-in-law Shahnawaz Mehmood’s appointment in Pak-China Investment Company Limited (PCICL) illegal and directed the authorities concerned to revoke the appointment.

The government of Pakistan appointed Shahnawaz as the deputy managing director of the company on March 4, 2013.

Javed Mehmood, the officer who had been appointed for the same post on January 3, 2011, and was expected to complete the term ending on January 2, 2014, challenged the appointment of the new deputy managing director in the Islamabad High Court.  Javed told the court that his removal from the post was illegal and alleged that appointment had been made under political pressure and violated all rules and regulations.

On Monday, the court observed that the action taken by the than government was not in conformity with the law and the person did not qualify for the job. The court declared the appointment null, void and illegal.