LAHORE - A writ petition has been moved to the Lahore High Court against appointment of Additional Advocate General Asma Hamid as Advocate General of Punjab.

Barrister Javed Iqbal Jafree has filed the petition, saying that Asma was appointed principal law officer of Punjab in violation of merit. He alleged that she was appointed on a political basis and many senior law officers were ignored.

The lawyer pointed out that there was no mechanism to fill the constitutional post of advocate general. He asked the court to set aside appointment of Asma as advocate general. On the other hand, the Punjab government has issued notification of Asma’s appointment as advocate general. She is the first woman who has been appointed principal law officer in Punjab. Her appointment follows resignation of Shakilur Rehman Khan on Saturday.