IHC turns down petition seeking restraining order against Abdul Hafiz Sheikh

Islamabad High Court (IHC) has turned down a petition seeking court’s orders to stop Abdul Hafiz Sheikh, advisor to Prime Minister (PM) on finance from presenting the budget for the next fiscal year.

The court has declared the petition un-warranted.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah headed the hearing presented to him in a single bench hearing on Monday morning.

The petitioner pleaded to the court that Hafiz Sheikh is advisor to PM on finance and he has not taken oath so far. As per the constitution, advisor on finance cannot present budget. No unelected person is eligible to present budget in the National Assembly.

He prayed to  the court to restrain and refrain Hafiz Sheikh from presenting the budget.

Chief Justice remarked during the course of the hearing that where is it written in the rules that who can present the budget. This court is giving you time therefore, you should have come prepared. Don’t bring such petitions in the court, which further waste time of the courts.

The court rejected this petition declaring it non maintainable.

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