ISLAMABAD- Justice Jawwad S Khawaja has remarked the country’s constitution is supreme and according to it, any officer cannot be appointed on personal likes or dislikes.

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja gave these remarks while presiding over a three member bench of SC today during the hearing of a petition filed against non appointment of Salim Nawaz Khan Gandapur as Ambassador by Former President Pervez Musharraf. He was appointed as Ambassador in Spain by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his previous tenure.

He further remarked “the days are gone when rule of monarchy prevailed and we were subjects of the British, under whose orders the officers were shifted from hither to thither. Now the constitution of 1973 is in vogue and under this constitution we have to decide now to summon any record or otherwise. There is a constitution and no one can be appointed as officer on personal likes or dislikes. We have to take all decision as per the constitution. It cannot be done now that incase the Former President Pervez Musharraf did not like the face of Ambassador appointed by Nawaz Sharif therefore, he did not appoint him.”

He further observed “as many as 8 years have been elapsed since this case was filed in SC, how much more time is required to be spent therein?”

The petitioner Salim Nawaz Khan Ganda Pur appeared in the Court and stated that Mian Nawaz Sharif during his previous tenure as PM in 1998-99 had appointed him as Ambassador in Spain keeping in view his outstanding service record. Summary was also sent in this regard. However his Government was packed up in the meantime.

He further said he had sent an appeal plea to the sitting Government but no decision was taken could be taken on it, suggesting selection board’s mismanagement.

The court summoned the record of summaries from council members of establishment division and they told that these summaries were sent during the tenure of Former Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar and they would have to contact Foreign Ministry now on this account. Therefore, they should be given time.

The court gave them time for presenting summaries and other record till March 10, 2014 and adjourned the hearing of the case.