The Lahore High Court (LHC) has called for clarification from the Federal Government on the legality of the Prime Minister’s Youth Loan Programme and the appointment of its chairperson.

Responding to the petition filed by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Zubair Niazi, Justice Manzoor Ali Shah stated that the government needs to clarify how it is legally placing public money at the programme’s disposal, especially for political gains.

In his petition, Zubair Niazi challenged the appointment of Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as the Youth Loan Programme’s chairperson. He further went on to term the appointment as an example of nepotism and requested the honorable court to set it aside.

Justice Manzoor Ali Shah, also concerned about the use of public money in such a manner, adjourned the hearing till the 30th of October and summoned any representative of the loan programme and a federal law officer, who will be responsible for producing the government’s response to the petition.

Counsel for the petitioner, Sheraz Zaka, also argued that the Prime Minister’s appointment of his daughter was a violation of the constitution, and the proper procedure for such an appointment was not followed.

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