Posted on 30 July 2011.
Source (TheNews) Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Mehdi Shah has recommended to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani to punish former Establishment Secretary Sohail Ahmed for what allegedly fueling confrontation between the government and the Supreme Court.
“I have urged the prime minister in writing to suspend Sohail Ahmed because he notified transfer of Hussain Asghar, currently serving as Inspector General of Police, Gilgit-Baltistan, to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), without consulting me,” Mehdi Shah told The News when contacted. While he wanted severe action against reputed Sohail Ahmed, the Supreme Court Friday directed the “competent authority” (prime minister) to assign an appropriate post to the officer in seven days, dubbing his position as OSD non-practical, or the transfer order, making him OSD, would be considered suspended. Mehdi Shah repeatedly said that he respects the apex court and its orders, but added that it has no jurisdiction over Gilgit-Baltistan (which has separate judicial setup). “I have protested to Gilani in writing over the order, seeking Hussain Asghar repatriation, and I have every right to lodge such protest with him,” the chief minister said, and added that the establishment secretary exceeded his authority. “The way Hussain Asghar has been transferred is inappropriate.”
When pointed out that when Sohail Ahmed did not even consult Gilani on issuing the notification about Hussain Asghar because of the judicial order, why would he talk to him about it, the chief minister said that no province accepted such orders. He referred to Punjab more than once and said its chief minister was never willing to comply with such directions of the federal government.
Mehdi Shah poured his anger on Sohail Ahmed, who, he said, should have phoned him for consultations regarding Hussain Asghar’s transfer, and who created a wedge between the government and the apex court. However, he said he has not directly received any order for sending Hussain Asghar back to the FIA. Also, the Supreme Court too has not issued any direction to him.
He said that in the recent past, he had sent back a nominee as planning secretary who was appointed by the federal government without consulting him.
The chief minister said that whatever Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq presented before a Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, stated without talking to him. “He did not seek my opinion.” The attorney general told the apex court on Friday that the Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister prevented Hussain Asghar from leaving his office and that he can’t be relieved without a replacement.
Mehdi Shah did not say in so many words during the telephonic chat with this correspondent that he would be willing to let Hussain Asghar take up his assignment at the FIA, but it appeared that he would not bar him after a new IGP would be nominated by the federal government with his consultations. It is stated that Mehdi Shah, who has been echoing what he has been fed by the federal government on the question of transfer of Hussain Asghar, will toe the official line in the days to come as well.
However, he will offer no resistance after a new officer would be made IGP for Gilgit-Baltistan in place of Hussain Asghar, who has made it clear that he would instantly leave his present office on receipt of an order of the apex court.