Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday has sought detailed answer from the Prime Minister, through his principal secretary, to empower the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to issue supplementary budgets.
Justice Atir Mahmood of the LHC heard the petition filed by Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi over the new power of the federal finance minister.
The petitioner said that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has abrogated to direct a single person to forward the task of a federal cabinet. He also said that the minister has been also given an authority to appoint heads of government-owned institutions working under the finance ministry.
Naqvi questioned how the finance minister could be authorized to deal up with matters of auxiliary budget of Rs.100 million. The petitioner requested the court to abrogate the power of Dar.
The court has issued notices to the prime minister and finance ministry to gave answer about their step. Both authorities are directed to submit answers till April 17.
Earlier in recent month, the federal cabinet has empowered Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to issue supplementary budgets and early in February, he was being authorized to appoint heads of government-owned institutions working under the finance ministry.
The steps derived strong criticisms and it was stated illegal and against the spirit of a SC judgment to reinforce democratic values in decision-making. On the other hand, law states that finance minister could appoint head of bodies and governor of central bank with the concurrence of PM.