APNS challenges 7th Wage Award
KARACHI – APNS and its 15 members, representing all members, have filed a writ petition in the Sindh High Court, Karachi, challenging the constitutional vires, validity and legality of 7th Wage Board Award.
The writ petition came up for hearing before the Division Bench of the Sindh High Court on December 10, 2004. The Bench consisted of Chief Justice and Mr Justice Maqbool Baqir.
APNS, represented by Senior Advocate Abdul Hafeez Pirzada and Mohammad Afzal Siddiqi, contended that the Award has no Constitutional or legal basis of validity and is void hence liable to be struck down. The Writ Petition contains brief history of various Awards, background of Wage Boards and grounds of a challenge to the 7th Wage Board Award, several Constitutional and legal questions that have been raised include allegation of mala fide in law and facts attributed not only to the Government of Pakistan but also to the Wage Board and the Implementation Tribunal. The Bench took up the Writ Petition in motion hearing and issued notices to the respondents.
The Attorney General for Pakistan also arrayed as a pro forma Respondent since the questions relating to various Articles of Constitution of Pakistan have been raised is the Petition and, in order to resolve these questions, notice has to be given to the Attorney-General.
It may be recalled that APNS has already challenged Constitutional vires and validity of Newspaper Employees Act, 1973, through a Constitutional Petition which, too, is pending with Sindh High Court and will now be listed together with the present petition.
Source: Business Recorder