MIRPUR (AJK) - The Azad Jammu & Kashmir Supreme Court on Tuesday issued ex-parte stay order as an interim relief, suspending the recent order of the AJK High Court about cancellation of the appointment of Mirza Javed Iqbal as Director General Mirpur Development Authority.

Azad Jammu & Kashmir High Court had on Monday cancelled the official notification of the AJK government about the appointment of Mirza Javed Iqbal as the DG MDA.

The AJK Apex court single bench of comprising Chief Justice Muhammad Azam Khan, suspended the impugned judgment of the AJK High Court following a writ petition, filed for interim relief, by the MDA DG, challenging the AJK HC orders.

The apex court said “from the whole record and perusal of the law a good prima facie arguable case appears in favour of the petitioner. The petitioner was appointed as the MDA DG and if the order of the AJK High Court remains intact, the petitioner will suffer irreparable loss, Balance of convenience is also in his favour. Keeping in view the rules governing the injunctions i-e prima facie arguable case, irreparable loss and balance of convenience, the impugned judgment of the High Court announced on July 16, 2012 shall remain suspended till further orders”.

A citizen of Mirpur Haji Javed Akram had challenged the appointment of Mirza Javed Iqbal as the MDA DG.

Contractors protest against TMA: Dozens of Kamalia TMA contractors blocked traffic by setting on fire tyres outside the TMA office here the other day.

They protested against the TMA for not clearing their bills worth more than Rs40 million.

They also set up a protest camp and shouted slogans against the TMO.

On the occasion, their representative including Abdullah Rehmani said that the TMA had promised to clear all outstanding bills within two days. But the TMA failed to fulfil its promise. Now, “they have left with no option but to protest against the TMA for their right,” they pointed out.