CM Sindh’s three advisers and seven special assistants resign

Three advisers and seven special assistants to Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah resigned on Thursday, following a ruling by the Sindh High Court (SHC).

Among those who resigned were Moula Bux Chandio, Saeed Ghani and Asghar Junejo.

The resignations were accepted by Shah, acting on the ruling given by SHC.

Earlier in November 2016, the SHC declared the appointment of CM’s law adviser Barrister Murtaza Wahab illegal.

Headed by Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, a two-judge bench gave the rulings in its judgement on a constitutional petition of Advocate Fareed Ahmed Dayo against Mr Wahab’s appointments and ministerial portfolio.

The bench also held that the relevant sections of the Sindh Government Rules of Business that empowered the CM to appoint advisers and special assistants and provisions of the Sindh Advisers (Appointment, Powers, Functions, Salaries, Allowances and Privileges) Act, 2003 that delegated the executive powers to them were unconstitutional and of no legal effect.

Authored by the chief justice, the 27-page verdict stated that there were terms and conditions provided in the Constitution for advisers to be appointed by the prime minister, however, there were no such rules provided for the appointment of advisers to the chief minister.

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