Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday sought appointment notification of Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh as managing director (MD) Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM).

A single-member bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah conducted the hearing of the petition filed by Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rashid Ahmad.

The petitioner Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has challenged the appointment of Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh as MD PBM through his counsel Sardar Abdur Raziq Advocate.

During the hearing, the court directed the respondent, MD PBM Abid Waheed Sheikh, to submit his reply in the matter. The court also issued directions to its office for relisting of the matter so that it might be fixed for hearing in coming 15 days.

Sheikh Rashid though his counsel Advocate Sardar Abdur Raziq contended before the court that the appointment of MD PBM lacked transparency and merit criteria. He argued that Barrister Sheikh was not appointed through federal commission for selection of heads for public sector organisations that was mandatory in the light of Supreme Court of Pakistan judgement in Khawaja Asif case.

He added that according to the judgement, the appointment should have been advertised that was not done. Moreover, the incumbent MD PBM is a young man and lacks the age criteria. The petitioner further said that the appointment was politically motivated.

Earlier, the same petition was dismissed by a single-member bench of IHC headed by Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan in January this year and later an intra-court appeal (ICA) was also dismissed with the observation that the petitioner had no ‘locus standi’ or he was not an aggrieved person. However, a Supreme Court bench allowed Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to file the petition on the ground that anyone could challenge the legality of public office holders. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed following the Supreme Court’s directions once again challenged the appointment of Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh as managing director PBM.