LAHORE - The Lahore High Court has disposed of the petition challenging appointment of Maryam Nawaz as chairperson of Prime Minister Youth Loan Programme.

This Tuesday, the LHC had asked the federal government to submit lawsuit and a mechanism to make new appointment for the programme. However, Maryam voluntarily tendered her resignation the next day.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC was hearing the case on Friday, where he welcomed the resignation and termed it a step towards strengthening democracy.

During the course of proceedings, a law officer representing the federal government told the judge that Maryam Nawaz had tendered her resignation and presented a copy of her resignation in the court. The law officer also told the judge that the resignation of the chairperson would not disturb the smooth working of the programme.

Justice Shah observed that the court had doubted the appointment and asked the government to fill the vacant post, if required, in accordance with the law as billions of rupees of the taxpayers was involved in the scheme.

Zubair Niazi, a local leader of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had filed the petition and challenged the appointment of Maryam as the chairperson. The petitioner had pleaded the court that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had misused his prerogative by appointing his own daughter as head of the loan scheme. He had submitted that the authority did not follow any law or rules set by Supreme Court to make the impugned appointment.

PETITION DISMISSED: The LHC on Friday also dismissed a petition filed against the Nawaz Sharif for issuing a notification bearing wrong name of Maryam Nawaz , instead of her real name as Maryam Safdar.

Iqtidar Shah, a local resident, had moved the petition in which he submitted that the prime minister bluffed the nation by doing so.