KARACHI - The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday declared the appointment of Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Law Murtaza Wahab as illegal and barred him from attending meetings of the provincial cabinet.

An SHC bench headed by Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah heard a petition against appointment of Wahab as adviser to the chief minister.

The petitioner argued that the adviser could only facilitate the chief minister; he could not run the Law Ministry.

He said it was illegal to give status of a minister to an unelected person. He said that Wahab did not meet the criteria for appointment as adviser to the chief minister on law.

After hearing the arguments, the court declared Wahab’s appointment illegal and directed him to quit the office immediately.

SHC chief justice refuses to hear May 12 violence case

The Sindh High Court chief justice has refused to hear a petition seeking another investigation into the May 12, 2007, Karachi violence case.

Refusing to hear the petition, Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah said that he was part of the first larger bench, which heard the case therefore he did not want to become part of the case again. The court later sent the case to Justice Ahmad Ali M. Shaikh.

It may be mentioned here that 48 people were killed in violent incidents on the arrival of former chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry in Karachi on May 12, 2007.