KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notice to chief secretary Sindh for flouting its order regarding formation of a commission to tackle the issues faced by famine-affected people of Tharparkar.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar was seized with the hearing of a contempt of court application seeking contempt proceedings against chief secretary for disobeying court order.
Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research and two other NGOs stated in contempt application that SHC earlier on April 11, had directed provincial government to furnish their suggestions on composition and mandate of the commission.
Despite court order, chief secretary instead of forwarding suggestions formed a so-called three-member judicial commission comprising three former judges, said Faisal Siddiqui, applicant’s counsel while adding that provincial government had attempted to subvert an order of court.
Therefore, he requested the court TO initiate contempt proceedings against chief secretary Sindh. After hearing initial arguments of the applicant’s counsel, two-judge bench issued notice to chief secretary to file comments in response to contempt application.
Earlier on April 11, the bench while observing that a suitable approach towards mitigation of issues faced by famine affected people would be formation of the commission, had directed provincial government to give their suggestions on the formation commission.