ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday has reinstated Chairman HEC Tariq Banuri and declared the notification of removal of Tariq Banuri as against the law, decision

A division bench comprising Chief Justice IHC Athar Minallah and Justice Amir Farooq issued a summary judgment during hearing of case filed by Mosharraf Ali Zaidi

the IHC stated that the notifications, dated 26/03/2021 and 05/04/2021, were declared to have been issued without lawful authority and contrary to amend the to amended provisions of the HEC Ordinance, 2002. Respondent No. 6 Dr Tariq Javed Banuri, therefore, stands restored as the Chairman of the Higher Education Commission,” the order said.

The court had reserved judgment on the petition against the removal of Chairman HEC through an ordinance. The decision was reserved in the IHC after completion of arguments by the lawyers of the parties and the Attorney General. Petitioner’s lawyer Faisal Siddiqui appeared for the federal attorney general.

In March 2021, Dr Tariq was removed from the office unceremoniously by the PTI government when his tenure was shortened from four to three years through an amendment to the HEC ordinance. Later, he approached the IHC against his premature removal.

Tariq Banuri was expected to complete his four-year term as Chairman HEC by May 2022

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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