ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has rejected the summary for appointment of Jehanzeb Khan as Pakistans Ambassador to France, officials disclosed on Saturday. The summary was moved for grant of two-year contract to Jehanzeb Khan for the ambassadorial assignment, the officials said. Earlier, in an unprecedented move, 105 officers of the Foreign Office Saturday moved the Islamabad High Court against the appointment of a Grade-20 DMG officer Jahanzeb Khan as Pakistans Ambassador to France. Advocate Akram Sheikh filed the petition under Article 199 of the Constitution of Pakistan while Federation of Pakistan, through Secretary Foreign Service, Prime Minister of Pakistan through Principal Secretary, Secretary General to the President of Pakistan and Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan, Secretary Livestock and Dairy Development, Government of the Punjab have been made respondents in the petition. It has been held in the petition that appointment of Jahanzeb Khan, a civil servant not belonging to the Foreign Service Group, was a sheer abuse of the discretionary authority of the Prime Minister in violation of Articles 25 and 27 of the Constitution and Section 10 of the Civil Service Act. The petitioners have prayed to the court to nullify the presidential directives regarding the appointment of the said officer as Pakistan Ambassador to France. That Pakistans diplomatic missions are categorised as X, Y, Z. The X being the category of the most important and sensitive countries critical for the national interest, includes France. As a practice and convention, the most eminent, experienced and senior professional diplomats are assigned the diplomatic mission in these countries. Even non-career diplomats appointed to these countries are persons of high calibre, pre-eminence in public life, and with proven credentials in any sphere of public life. That the appointment of Jahanzeb Khan as Pakistans Ambassador to Paris is manifestly arbitrary, whimsical, unreasonable and the same is obviously discriminatory, based on mala fides, extraneous considerations and above all contrary to the best interests of the country as well as demoralising for the Pakistan Foreign Service (PFS). The appointment reflects palpable abuse of authority, therefore, the same is of no legal effect, the petition states. A single bench of the Islamabad High Court comprising Justice Muhammad Munir Paracha would start hearing into the petition from July 20 (Monday). It is for the first time in the history that officers of the Foreign Service have moved a court of law against their own Secretary. We have made internal petitions, we have presented our case to all levels of the political and institutional leadership, whose efforts did not seem to bear fruit, forcing us to go to court, which was our option as last resort, Foreign Office sources told TheNation. They said that due to great respect for the Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, officials of the Foreign Service of Pakistan were reluctant to move the court; therefore, the campaign was spearheaded by PFS officers posted abroad. The appointment of Jahanzeb Khan as Pakistan Ambassador to France resulted in a controversy between the District Management Group and the Pakistan Foreign Service Group. The officers in Foreign Office protested against the appointment through official channels and media but finally resorted to move a court of law when their grievances were not paid due heed.