LAHORE - Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry of Lahore High Court has temporarily restrained Tariq Ahmad, son-in-law of Federal Minister Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo from working as General Manager of the Pakistan Industrial Technical Assistance Centre (PITAC). The judge admitted the petition for regular hearing and barred the respondent from holding the post, and also issued notice to the ministry of industry and production. The next date of hearing will be fixed by LHC office. The judge issued this order on a petition filed by Khalid Mehmood against the appointment of Tariq Ahmad as PITAC GM allegedly at the behest of his father-in-law Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Manzoor Wattoo, who at the time of his appointment was the minister of industry and production. Khalid Mehmood senior manager of PITAC moved the petition in which he alleged that appointment of Tariq as general manager in 2008 was made in violation of merit, as he did not possess required qualification for the post. He said that a person having mechanical graduation or electrical engineer with additional qualification of design project was eligible for the post but the respondent did not possess any of these qualifications. The petitioner said that Tariq was neither a mechanical engineer nor an electrical engineer and his appointment was made only due to the Minister, who used his political influence to get Tariq appointed. He requested that an explanation be sought from the respondent that under what law he was holding the post of PITAC GM.