SC orders to dismisses Siddiqul Farooq as chairman ETPB

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Wednesday dismissed Siddiqul Farooq as the chairman of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB).

Hearing the Katas Raj suo motu case, a three-member bench had summoned Farooq today over his controversial appointment and role in the ETPB, which looks after affairs of minorities’ religious places in the country.

Additional advocate general informed the court that the tenure of ETPB chairman has ended, and that the summary of new chairman will be sent soon.

Responding to the order, Farooq talked to media outside the apex court. He argued that he had presented his entire profile on the orders of CJP. “He (CJP) remarked that I am not qualified,” he told.

The bench on January 30, 2018 has also sought a complete profile of Chairman Evacuee Property Trust Board Sadiqul Farooq, raising doubt on his appointment as chairman. “There should not be political nepotism,” CJP Nisar said.

He also summoned a response from the Punjab government on the export of limestone. The chief justice also came down hard on the ETPB Chairman Farooq asking how he could continue in the office when his term had expired.

“How long will political appointments continue to be made in the country,” the chief justice asked. The hearing was then adjourned for an indefinite period.

The chief justice had summoned details of properties operated by the ETPB and the funds generated from them. The chief justice also warned that if the details were not presented in the next hearing, then Farooq should leave his post.

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