An unexpected protest of Peoples Students Federation (PSF) on Monday led to delay in the oath-taking ceremony of newly appointed Chief Judge of Gilgit Baltistan Supreme Appellate Court.The students from PSF tried to occupy the main venue of ceremony and demanded a resignation of Chief Minister GB Syed Mehdi Shah. According to details, on the occasion of oath-taking ceremony of Chief Judge Rana Muhammad Arshad, who had also served in Lahore High Court as a judge, dozens of students stormed the specific venue and chanted slogans against him and GB Chief Minister.However, upon intervention of Provincial Ministers and Deputy Speaker, the agitating students left the area. A huge contingent of Islamabad police was also summoned. Later, Governor GB Pir Karam Ali Shah refused to respond to media queries about the ugly incident at oath-taking ceremony. On the other hand, Chief Minister Syed Mahdi Shah termed the incident as pre-planned conspiracy to frustrate the ceremony. He said certain elements had brought the people to create ruckus during the event and brushed aside a demand to resign from office.He said that he was an elected CM of the people and would not resign on demand of few elements who had not elected him. Shah informed that entry of irrelevant people in Gilgit Baltistan House had been banned. Meanwhile, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo on Tuesday justified appointment of Chief Judge of the GB Supreme Appellate Court.
Talking to media persons after oath-taking ceremony of Justice Rana Muhammad Arshad, he said that his appointment was in accordance with set rules and there was no bar upon appointment of non-residential eligible person as Chief Judge in GB Court.‘The Prime Minister has taken a good decision on the advice of Governor’, he said while defending the appointment and advised those who had any reservations to resort to legal procedure. Wattoo said that all Constitutional and legal aspects were taken into due consideration before making the appointment.He said the Chief Judge had vast experience as he had already served as a judge. To a query about Jaffar Shah, another judge, he said that he was a senior judge and was a respected member of the Supreme Appellate Court.He also took credit for retaining him in the court by saying that retired Chief Judge Nawaz Abbasi had moved a plea for his removal under violation of rules but they resolved the issue.
Video: PSF Protest in Islamabad