LHC moved against interim PM Mulk

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  • Plea states interim PM acted beyond mandate of caretaker setup 

LAHORE: A petition was filed in Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday against caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk, accusing the interim premier of “acting beyond the mandate of caretaker setup”.

The petitioner, Javed Iqbal Jaffrani, stated that a large sum of money was spent from the national exchequer during Justice (r) Mulk’s visit to his hometown, Swat, soon after taking oath as the interim premier.

The petition stated: “Money was spent from the national exchequer for the security protocol and transportation of Justice (retd) Mulk during his Swat tour. This is against the mandate of the caretaker government setup.”

The petitioner urged the interim premier to return the money spent on Swat visit.

Earlier, the LHC Registrar Office had raised objections over the petition, saying it was hand-written.

Jaffrani submitted the petition again but without addressing the registrar’s objection. However, LHC’s Justice Mamnoon Rasheed removed the registrar’s objection and said the court could conduct hearings on it.

Nasirul Mulk had spent the weekend in his hometown of Swat. Mulk had reportedly decided to visit Swat to meet the people in the area and to be briefed about the ongoing problems there. Moreover, he is likely to hold the consultations with his close aides in Swat to finalise the caretaker cabinet away from the media spotlight.

On June 1, Mulk assumed oath as seventh caretaker PM in an official ceremony held at the Presidency, a day after the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government completed its five-year constitutional term.