Pak PM's son-in-law's World Bank plum posting comes under SC scrutiny
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has taken suo motu notice of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf using his discretionary powers to appoint his son-in-law, Raja Azeemul Haq, to the post of Executive Director (ED) at the World Bank.
The court has fixed the hearing for December 19 before a three-member bench headed by Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali, reports The Express Tribune.
The case has been clubbed with an ongoing hearing regarding Haq's appointment in the Employees' Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI).
Haq had been serving in the Prime Minister's Secretariat as the additional secretary after an out-of-turn promotion in the EOBI in BPS-20.
The decision to appoint Haq as the World Bank ED was taken despite resistance from Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, who tried to convince the premier to change his mind, according to sources.
The Economic Affairs Division too had opposed the move, and had suggested that a head-hunting committee be set up under the Establishment Division to select a suitable candidate.
The PM Secretariat, however, maintained that there was 'nothing unusual' about the move.
Policy experts were stunned by the appointment of a junior officer as a World Bank ED, a post, which would enable him to represent a constituency of seven countries and earn him an annual salary of 220,000 dollars. It is feared that the move would not only bring embarrassment to the country but also compromise Islamabad's stance on crucial economic issues, the paper said.
The ED represents seven nations comprising Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana and Algeria on the World Bank's Board. The appointment requires endorsement from other constituent countries.
The job of the ED is to defend development projects of all seven countries on the WB Board, provide input on macroeconomic reports relating to the constituent countries, give opinions on global economic issues and defend the quotas and voting rights of the constituency.