LHC moved against sacking of Defence Secretary


The dismissal of Defence Secretary Lt-Gen Naeem Khalid Lodhi was challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) here on Thursday.
The petition said that show cause notice was not given to the former Secretary Lodhi in accordance with the formal procedure.
The petition filed by local lawyer Azhar Siddique stated that it is imperative to issue show-cause notice over removal of a government employee from his service. The petitioner said in case the government does not act upon the court orders, the court may ask Defence Secretary to move military for the implementation of the judicial order. Therefore, the government sacked the Defence Secretary so that hurdles could be posed in the NRO and Memogate cases.
The petitioner pleaded the court to restore Naeem Khalid and stay Nargis Sethi who has been given additional charge of Secretary Defence from functioning.