LAHORE - A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Attorney General of Pakistan and the Punjab Advocate General for Dec 18 in a petition challenging the appointment of Punjab Ombudsman and chairman Punjab Service Tribunal made by Acting Governor in the absence of Governor Salman Taseer. The bench comprising Justice Hamid Ali Shah and Justice Tariq Shamim also issued notice to other respondents, which include Punjab chief secretary, secretary services and general administration, secretary law, secretary to the Punjab Chief Minister, chairman of the Punjab Service Tribunal Justice (r) Arshad Jahangir, and Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal. The bench, however, turned down petitioner's plea to restrain ombudsman and chairman PST from functioning till the final outcome of the petitions. PPP Punjab finance secretary Aurangzeb Burki, through Ch Fawad Hussain advocate submitted the appointments were unlawful because the Acting Governor Rana Muhammad Iqbal made them in the absence of Governor Salman Taseer. The petitioner said on December 6 Governor Punjab proceeded abroad on a three-day personal visit and Rana Iqbal was appointed as acting governor who rushed with the appointments of Punjab Service Tribunal chairman and the ombudsman. He submitted that job of an acting governor was just the stopgap arrangements to perform day-to-day functions of the government. Ch Fawad Hussain advocate said so far the policy matter as well as the appointment on the key posts in the province was concerned, acting governor was not authorised to perform such decisions. He said Rana Iqbal has violated his mandate during his brief sting by making appointment of the chairman of the service tribunal and ombudsman. He said the appointment was unconstitutional and illegal. He said as already the summary was pending with the governor's secretariat but the secretary of services and general administration moved another summary for the appointment on a holiday at which the appointment was made. He submitted that the act of chief secretary was also against the dictum laid down by the Supreme Court in Al-Jehad Trust case wherein it was decided that the acting authority would perform the function of routine nature. He said the appointment was made in a slipshod manner, with undue haste that prima facie shows malafide on the part of the respondents. He prayed the court to declare the whole process of the appointment of the chairman of the service tribunal and the ombudsman as unconstitutional and illegal.