Extension of services of Secretary KPIC challenged at PHC

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Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: The extension in services of Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission (KPIC) had been challenged at Peshawar High Court while divisional bench had directed Chief Commissioner to submit comments, on Wednesday.
The writ petition is filed by Ishtiaq-u-Rehman along with others in which Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Secretary Information, Secretary Finance, Secretary and Chief Commissioner KPIC were made respondents in the case.
The counsel for petitioner Babar Hayat Khan Advocate informed PHC that KPIC is statuary body which formed by provincial government under section 24 of Right to Information Act 2013while Chief Commissioner is declare head of the commission of both administration and operations of the body, and two members.
The counsel added that in 2015 KPIC was put under regular budget and created regular posts along with Secretary of the commission. The counsel added that in August 2020 a latter had been send to Establishment for appointment of Secretary KPIC stating that appoint BPS-18/19 retired officer while rules were not formed.
The counsel argued that on 29 June 2021 rules were made for appointment of secretary and called KPIC Rules 2020 in which criteria was set for appointment on the basis of capabilities, fitness and potential or on deputation from other department.
The counsel Babar Hayat Khan Advocate argued that KPIC Rules 2020 are not followed and extended services of the Secretary on 11 August 2021 for one year against rules.

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