The Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court (IHC), Athar Minallah, on Monday set aside the Federal Government decision of shifting the administrative control of five regulatory bodies to transfer to their relevant ministries. This was announced by the federal government back in December 19, 2016. IHC Annuls Shifting of Five Regulatory Bodies Including PTA Under Ministries.
IHC Annuls Shifting of Five Regulatory Bodies Including PTA Under Ministries
The control of following regulatory bodies, established during the tenure of President Musharaf, was declared to be shifted to their ministries under the said notification.
- Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA)
- National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA)
- Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)
- Frequency Allocation Board (FAB)
- Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA)
IHC in a short order said that:
“The federal government could put this matter before the Council of Common Interests (CCI) for its decision pursuant to powers conferred under Article 154 of the Constitution.”
According to the IHC, Cabinet Division will keep looking in to the matters of regulatory bodies. This petition was filed by a member Muhammad Nawaz of Pakistan Justice and Democratic Party which is headed by former Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
Muhammad Nawaz said that:
“This act of federal government is actually violation of articles 153 & 154 under which the Council of Common Interests (CCI) supervised the matters related to gas, electricity and petroleum.”
The petitioner M. Nawaz nominated principal secretary to the PM of Pakistan, federal government through secretary Cabinet Division, secretaries Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources, Ministry of Water & Power, MoIT, Finance Division, OGRA, NEPRA through its chairman, PTA through its chairman, FAB, PPRA and All Pakistan CNG Association as respondents.