Islamabad- A dual bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday suspended a single bench's decision in which it had set aside the appointment of Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman as vice president of International Islamic University (IIUI).

The dual bench comprising Chief Justice (CJ) IHC Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi and Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi also issued notices to the respondents after suspending the court's orders in this regard.

Earlier on May 29, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui had set aside the appointment of vice president IIUI Sajid-ur-Rehman in response to a petition filed by members of Staff Welfare Association of the university citing that the appointment was made without adopting competitive process.

While announcing the verdict, the court had observed that it was made without due process and non-transparent which is against the principle of healthy competition. The court had also directed the authorities to appoint new vice president of the university by adopting competitive process till June 19.

However, Sahibzada Sajid moved an intra-court appeal before a dual bench of the IHC against this verdict through his counsel Afnan Karim Kundi.

During the hearing, Sahibzada's counsel argued before the bench that the single bench of the court had directed to appoint vice president of the university through competitive process after advertising the post in the newspapers while the post of VP of the university could not be advertised as per the Ordinance of International Islamic University and the university administration has the privilege to fill this post.

He further contended that the court had announced the aforementioned decision on a writ petition filed by the members of Staff Welfare Association of the university while as per rules of University's constitution, employees union could not challenge administrative appointments and other matters in the courts.

After hearing the preliminary arguments, the court suspended the orders of single bench and issued notices to the respondents.