ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Courts has summoned Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Khursheed Ahmad Shah for non-compliance of apex court’s direction in the EOBI appointments case.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, hearing the contempt matter, directed the PPP central leader to submit concise statement of notice. The bench also issued bailable warrant worth surety bond of Rs0.1 million for former secretary Ministry of Labour and Manpower Arif Azeem. His name has also been placed on the exit control list. About 238 people were employed between September 2011 to May 2012 in Employees Old-Age Benefit Institute (EOBI) when Khursheed Shah was minister and Arif Azeem was the secretary of Ministry of Labour and Manpower despite the fact that the apex court in January 2011 had ordered not to appoint people in EOBI.

The bench in the last hearing had summoned both of them but neither they nor anyone on their behalf appeared before the bench during the proceedings on Thursday. Therefore, the court had to issue such orders. NAB’s special prosecutor Nasir Mughal, as per the direction of the top court, submitted the report. According to it, Khursheed Shah was minister of Labour and Manpower from 31st March 2008 to May 2011 when the violation of the court order regarding appointment was made in EOBI. Arif Azeem, who is currently on ‘awaiting posting,’ was the secretary of the ministry at that time. The prosecutor informed that he had communicated the court order to Azeem but according to him he was on ex-Pakistan leave and was going abroad for medical checkup.

The apex court on 21st January 2011 had directed that till the disposal of human rights case no more appointment shall be made by the chairman EOBI, secretary and the minister concerned.

The court on 13th March 2014 issued notices to ex-chairman EOBI Zafar Iqbal Gondal, former secretary Ministry of Labour and Manpower for being guilty of violation. It had also declared all illegal appointments, deputations and absorptions made in the EOBI without lawful authority and of no legal effect. Accordingly their services were terminated. The court had ordered that all the vacancies in the EOBI shall be advertised and filled afresh strictly in accordance with applicable rules and regulations, subject to prescribed quota, requisite qualifications and merit criteria for which the chairman EOBI shall be personally responsible to ensure transparency.

The matter regarding all the illegal appointments, including the appointment of Raja Azeemul Haq Minhas in the World Bank shall be investigated by the NAB authorities and all others involved, directly or indirectly, in the process of such illegal appointments on the basis of corruption, nepotism and political exigencies, shall be proceeded against in accordance with law with the intimation regarding compliance of these directions to the court within two months.

The case will be taken up again after Ramazan.