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IHC rejects plea challenging Kashmala’s appointment as ombudsperson

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday rejected a petition challenging the appointment of Kashmala Tariq as federal ombudsperson for protection against harassment of women at workplaces.

A single bench, comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb Khan, dismissed the petition moved by Advocate Rai Qaiser Abbas for being non-maintainable.

The petitioner, through his counsel Abid Farooq Awan, filed a writ in which he pleaded that for the said post the prerequisites were LLB degree and 10 years of legal practice. He mentioned in the petition that Kashmala Tariq had no experience in the legal field.

The lawyer claimed her appointment was made on the basis of her political affiliation with the ruling party as she didn’t meet the required criterion laid down for the post.

The petitioner argued that her appointment was a flagrant violation of the law and the country’s constitution. He said the notification of her appointment was also illegal and unconstitutional.

The petitioner asked the court to nullify her appointment. The federation, Ministry of Law and the ombudsperson were made party in the case.



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