Appointment of famous pop singer and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Abrarul Haq as chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has been challenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
The petition has been filed by the PRCS former chairman Dr. Saeed Elahi, also a former lawmaker belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), secretary cabinet division, president of Pakistan and Ministry of Health have been nominated as respondents.
According to the filed petition, Elahi was appointed as chairman for a period of three years till March 9, 2020, while the appointment of a new chairman before the said date was illegal.
It further says that Abrar ul Haq’s appointment as the PRCS chairman could also create a conflict of interest as he already heads a charity, the Sahara Foundation.
Elahi also said that he was not served any notice before his removal and was not given any reason for his sacking.
In the filed petition Elahi has requested the court to nullify the notification relating to the appointment of the new chairman.
In his capacity as head of the PRCS, President Dr. Arif Alvi has removed Dr. Elahi and appointed PTI leader Abrarul Haq for a period of three years.
The appointment of Dr. Elahi was made by the PML-N government as the PRCS chairman in 2014 and granted an extension for another term in 2017.
According to a PTI spokesperson, the decision to remove Dr. Elahi from his position was made for criticizing the government policies. The spokesperson also alleged that Dr. Elahi had been accused of corruption and nepotism during his two tenures.