ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday served notices on the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and acting Director General (DG) Aaliya Rasheed whose appointment as acting DG was challenged before the court.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi issued the notices on a petition of a Director NAB Major (retd) Tariq Mehmood who moved the court through his counsel Shoaib Shaheen Advocate. In his petition, he adopted before the court that Rasheed is a regular employee of NAB as a director BPS-20, however, she has been given a charge of acting DG BPS 21.

He cited Chairman NAB and Aaliya Rasheed as respondents and maintained that the said appointment was made in violation of rules as the post was never advertised in media.

He contended that moreover Aaliya Rasheed did not hold the necessary qualification with regard to her education and experience.

The court issued the notices to the respondents and directed them to submit reply within fortnight.  

In another matter, the same IHC bench issued notices to the secretary interior in a contempt of court petition moved by the former managing director (MD) of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), Mir Shah Jahan Khetran, seeking removal of his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

Shah Jahan who is facing NAB investigations adopted in the contempt petition that the interior ministry had put his name on ECL.

It was on December 02, when the IHC bench had also issued notices to the secretary ministry of interior but had also directed the petitioner to file a contempt of court application that he filed.

Then the court issued notices to the secretary interior directing him to submit reply.

The petitioner informed the court that the interior ministry had placed his name on ECL despite the fact that court had already ordered to remove his name from ECL in April this year.

The interior ministry first removed his name but later it was placed once again after 21 days.

Khetran was removed from the post of MD PTDC on December 01, 2013 after which NAB had started investigations against him under the allegations of his involvement in financial mismanagement, misuse of funds, and leasing out PTDC property.

He was granted a pre-arrest bail against surety bonds of 0.5 million rupees by a division bench of IHC in May this year.