Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday declared the appointment of National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman Tariq Malik as per law and announced that government's notification regarding his dismissal stands null and void.

IHC judge, Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi announced the decision on petitions pertaining to the appointment and dismissal of Tariq Malik as NADRA chairman.

Justice Qureshi stated, referring to Malik’s resignation. “After coming back from vacations I learnt there have been a lot of changes.”

The government had sacked Malik from his post on December 3 without any notice and replaced him with Director General (NADRA-Sindh) Brigadier (retd) Zahid Hussain.

The deposal come hours after Malik was scheduled to brief the Election Tribunal on the recounting of votes of NA-118 constituency in Lahore, where a Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) candidate had challenged the election victory of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate.

Meanwhile, Malik challenged his termination and requested an early hearing in the IHC through Advocate Babar Sattar.

IHC, after a brief hearing on the next day, reinstated Tariq Malik on interim basis and suspended his termination orders. On January 10, Tariq Malik resigned from the post citing personal reasons.