ISLAMABAD - Syed Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi, a social worker, has filed a constitutional petition, challenging the recent induction of PML-Q leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as Deputy Prime Minister.

The petitioner has made Federation through Secretary Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, President Asif Ali Zardari Co-Chairman of PPP, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza, Chairman Senate Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Federal Law Minister Farooq H. Naik, Secretary Cabinet Division, Establishment Division and Secretary Interior as respondents. Terming the induction of Chaudhry Pervez Elahi as Deputy PM unlawful, the petitioner urged the court to declare the appointment unconstitutional stating that no procedure has been described in the Constitution of Pakistan.

Citing the Article 91 of the Constitution, Naqvi said that only PM and its Cabinet could be sworn under the provision of the major law of the country.

The petitioner also alleged that inductions of more than five special Advisers for the PM be considered unconstitutional stating the PM has violated Articles 91 to 93 of the Constitution by appointing seven Advisers.

Naqvi prayed the court to summon all the record pertaining to appointment of Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as Deputy Prime Minister from the concerned offices and conduct day-to-day hearing of the matter because of its importance. Staff Reporter from Lahore adds: A writ petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court challenging the appointment of PML-Q central leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi as Deputy Prime Minister.

Advocate Malik Tariq Aziz filed this petition and submitted that there was no concept of Deputy Prime Minister in the law and the Constitution of the country.  He submitted that the selection of Pervaiz Elahi was clear violation of Section 91 of the Constitution.

The petitioner prayed to the court to take action on this violation of the Constitution and declare the appointment as illegal and unlawful.