Pakistan

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court on Tuesday ordered Sindh’s law adviser Murtaza Wahab to step down and vacate the post terming his appointment illegal.

A two-judge bench, comprising SHC Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Zulfiqar Khan announced the verdict after a lawyer Fareed Ahmed Dayo moved the court stating that the law adviser was not competent enough to oversee the affairs of ministry.

Dayo had argued that the appointment as an adviser, in terms of Section 4 (1) of the Sindh Advisors  Act, 2003, was also against the spirit and constitutional mandate as held by the SHC in a case decided in 2000. He also challenged ministerial status granted to Wahab.

 According to him, Siddiqui was enrolled as an advocate of the SHC in 2010, and thus had experience of only six years.

The court after a series of hearings declared the appointment of Murtaza illegal and asked him to vacate the post.

Murtaza was appointed as Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh for Law in April 2015. Murtaza is a son of deceased PPP leader Fauzia Wahab.