Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday directed a petitioner to remove office objections on his petition that has been filed against the appointment of Samad Khurram as advisor to the chairman NADRA.

The IHC bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq returned the petition by sustaining objection that the petitioner Shahid Orakzai has no locus standi in this matter.

In this petition, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq has been accused of using his office to obtain a job with NADRA for one of his aides. A writ presented to the Islamabad High Court has sought to nullify the appointment of Samad Khurram as advisor to the chairman of the database authority.

Khurram worked as an election campaign manager for Sadiq in his Lahore constituency before he was appointed to the authority in March. The writ states that Sadiq as Speaker NA has no authority to engineer appointments to the authority.

The petition has been submitted by Shahid Orakzai, a citizen. Khurram worked for the NADRA until 2013 as a manager. The NADRA holds all data related to the registration of voters in electoral districts. Shahid states a person who resigned from the service of Pakistan for a political purpose and performs any political work in violation of Article 63 is not qualified to rejoin service of Pakistan.

The petitioner stated in the petition that Samad Khurram had admitted in his curriculum vitae (CV) that he was in-charge of election campaign of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in NA-122 during general election 2013. He contended that Samad Khurram resigned from NADRA in order to participate in election campaign while he was drawing salary amounting to Rs 210,000 in NADRA against the post of manager at that time.

However, Orakzai added that he was reinstalled in NADRA in 2015 as advisor to chairman, this time, of course, with the highest pay permissible in T-9, around Rs 400,000. 

In a separate matter, another single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui directed Islamabad police to quash an FIR against a person whose wife in her statement before the court submitted that she with her own consent married to the man.

Brothers to the girl had lodged an FIR against Syed Nisar Shah for kidnapping the girl. Ayesha Kainat later moved the IHC and stated that she herself, with her own consent, married to Nisar Shah to prevent a forced marriage.

The IHC bench directed the federal police to record statement of the girl before a magistrate and quash the FIR registered against Shah.