Appointment of Chairman Custom Appellate Tribunals: SHC issue notices for June 02

KARACHI: A divisional bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan on Thursday issued notices to the Federal Secretary, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs besides Deputy Attorney General for Pakistan for June 02 in a petition seeking immediate appointment of Chairman to Special Customs Appellate Tribunals.

The petition was filed by Customs and Sales Tax Practitioners  Assocation’s President Saleem Mangrio and Joint Secretary Ghulamullah advocate. The petitioners maintains that post of the chairman is vacant since four months which has led to chaos at the Appellate Tribunals which are dysfunctional .

No provision of the Customs Act 1969 restrains the tribunals from exercising powers and hearing the appeals pending as well as fresh, Ghulamullah Advocate, one of the petitioners told the court.

He said that members of the petitioner association as well at public at large are suffering from the delayed appointment.

The petitioner prays to the court to direct the respondent Law Secretary to fill the post.

 The bench after initial hearing ordered issuance of notices to the respondents for June 02

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