ISLAMABAD - A contempt petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking court order to declare appointment of Irfan Qadir as Attorney General for Pakistan direct interference with the process of the court, saying he immediately be restrained from performing his duties.

The petitioner Shahid Orakzai filed the petition under Article 204 of the Constitution, making Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Irfan Qadir as respondents. The federal government has appointed Irfan Qadir as AGP whereas former top legal officer of the country Maulvi Anwarul Haq was appointed as Consultant (Legal Affairs) at the President’s Secretariat. Haq was appearing before the Supreme Court being a prosecutor in a contempt case against Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani.

Qadir had served as National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor General. But he was removed after declaring his appointment unlawful by the Supreme Court, he also had to lose his post of judge of High Court as a result of apex court judgement. Irfan Qadir was appointed as Secretary Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Division in the third week of March. He also worked as senior advocate and the consultant (Legal Affairs) to President.

Shahid Orakzai alleged that misusing his constitutional authority under Article 100 of the Constitution of Pakistan, the premier has appointed Qadir as AGP for personal motives related to the pending contempt case against him in the Supreme Court.

The petitioner termed the appointment of Irfan Qadir as AGP an attempt to interfere with and obstruct the process of the court. He also alleged that such appointment was made to ridicule the Supreme Court as well as the entire judiciary.

He added that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s act visibly tends to prejudice his own pending trial before the court under sub-clause (c) of clause (2) of Article 204 and as elaborated in Section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003.

The petitioner prayed the Supreme Court to immediately restrain Irfan Qadir from performing any duty and initiate contempt of court proceedings against both the respondents.