SC warns government to mend ways

Expressing annoyance over the appointments of retired officials on contract basis, the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday warned the government to mend its ways.

An eight-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary, heard the case alleged corruption in Hajj affairs of religious ministry.

Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Waseem Ahmed appeared before the court and told the court that his lawyer would represent him in the future hearings.

The Attorney General (AG) told the bench about the appointment of Javed Bukhari as Additional DG FIA. He said the ADG would now follow the investigations of the case.

Meanwhile, Javed Bukhari submitted the statement of Zain Sukhaira, one of the accused, in which Sukhaira denied corruption charges levied against him upon which the CJ said the probe against the accused was incomplete.

During the course of hearing, the SC inquired the authorities about the large number of appointments contract basis and said these appointments kept young officials from ascending.

The CJ stated the youth should be given opportunities in order to pave the way for development of country.

Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary also directed the AG to inform the government about the court’s decision regarding contract appointments.

The court also asked the AG and all four provincial advocate generals to present the list of contract employees on next hearing.

The Supreme Court, later, adjourned the hearing till February 10.