ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has restrained Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Aviation Shujaat Azim from performing his function for 15 days.

The court has issued a notice to him and sought reply from him for assuming his office despite court’s orders. The court has also issued notices to other respondents and sought replies from them.

“How can a post be given to a person who has been court martial. Earlier, he tendered his resignation and now he gets this post?”

These observations were made by a three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali who took up a contempt of court plea filed by petitioner Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi.

The court inquired from the Attorney General (AG) how it was possible that a court martial person was appointed on a key post. “How they are taking decisions with regard to the Civil Aviation Division. Why the government has appointed him as special assistant.

The AG told the court that he could not contact prime minister on the issue. The court order would be complied with in the matter, he said seeking time to file a reply.

When Justice Amir Hani Muslim inquired from the AG that you had been asked to bring the original file of the matter, why have you not brought it, the AG said that all things will be presented in the court.

“I assure the court that unless a reply is received in respect of Azim, he will not perform his duty and exercise his powers,” the AG told the court.

The court while issuing notice to Shujaam Azeem and others has sought reply till January 11.

Earlier, the SC had ordered to remove Azeem from this office and he had resigned from his office. However, the government appointed him as special assistant to PM. A contempt of court plea was filed in the SC in the perspective of his new appointment.