IHC orders reinstating Tariq Banuri as HEC chairman

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Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Tariq Banuri. — Facebook/File
Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Tariq Banuri. — Facebook/File
  • Bench comprising CJ Athar Minallah and Justice Umar Farooq issue verdict of reinstating Dr Banuri to his former position.
  • Court decides to reserve judgement to remove Dr Banuri from his position as chairman HEC through an ordinance.
  • Decision was reserved after court heard arguments of lawyers of the parties and attorney general.

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued orders to reinstate Dr Tariq Banuri as the chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Geo News reported.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Umar Farooq issued the verdict of reinstating Dr Banuri to his former position, the report said.

IHC orders reinstating Tariq Banuri as HEC chairman

It should be noted that the court had decided to reserve the judgement of removing Dr Banuri from his position as the chairman of HEC through an ordinance after hearing the arguments of the lawyers of both parties as well as the attorney-general of Pakistan (AGP).

Three-week notice for HEC to explain impeachment of Dr Banuri as chairman

The IHC on June 8, 2021, issued an ultimatum of three weeks to the HEC to present its reason regarding the removal of Dr Banuri as chairperson.

The petition, which was heard by the CJ Minallah, was filed by civil society organisations and members following the presidential ordinance. 

Following the removal of Dr Banuri, many educationists and experts criticised the decision and called it “damaging”.

“In terms of sub-section (5), read with sub-section (5A), of Section 6 of Higher Education Commission Ordinance, 2002. as amended vide Higher Education Commission (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021, Dr Tariq Bannri has ceased to be the Chairperson. Higher Education Commission forthwith and is accordingly removed from the said post, with immediate effect,” read an Establishment Division notification issued on Friday 26, 2021. 

No other replacement for chairman 

It is pertinent to mention here that since the removal of Dr Banuri, the post of the HEC chairman had been vacant. 

No other chairman could be appointed as the court prohibited the government from appointing a new chairman.

The ex-chairman later filed a case against the decision of his removal from the position after the government decided to reduce Dr Banuri’s four-year term to two. 



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