ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Former Principal Information Officer (PIO) of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Rao Tehseen Ali Khan on Monday filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), pleading the Court to order the High Powered Selection Board to consider his name for promotion to grade 22.
The petition was filed by Qaiser Imam advocate on behalf of Rao Tehseen under article 199 of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan, which was accepted by the IHC, and the IHC judge Justice Aamer Farooq would initiate the proceedings from Tuesday.
In his petition, Rao Tehseen said that the IHC ordered the Establishment Division on September 14 to consider his name for promotion to grade 22
Rao Tehseen said that the Establishment Division also ensured him before the Court that he would be promoted but it didn’t abide by its commitment.
The petitioner argued that the Establishment Division’s behavior was tantamount to the Contempt of Court. He also asked the IHC to summon the minutes of last meeting of High Powered Selection Board.
The former PIO pleaded that the High Powered Selection Board would meet again on December 11; and therefore he requested the Court to order the board to consider his name for promotion. He said that if the Selection Board is found violating the Court’s orders, then Contempt of Court proceedings be initiated.
In April, the federal government removed Rao Tehseen Ali Khan along with the then Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi from his Post as the Principal Information Officer in line with the recommendations of Dawn Leaks Inquiry Commission formed to probe Dawn Leaks issue.
Later in May, Rao Tehseen sent notices to the Ministry of Interior and Secretary Establishment of Government of Pakistan asking them to provide him copy of Dawn Leak Inquiry Commission Report within next seven days.
But when his request wasn’t dilated upon, he approached the IHC in June, seeking a copy of the Inquiry Report that recommended his removal.