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Politics Pak Govt Fires Top Law Officer For Doing 'Seva' In Indian Shrines

Jan 7, 2005
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Pak govt fires top law officer for doing 'seva' in Indian shrines

Agencies Posted online: Thu Aug 02 2012, 10:43 hrs



Islamabad : The Pakistan government has fired a top law officer who earned the ire of lawyers by washing dishes and polishing shoes while performing voluntary service at Hindu and Sikh shrines in India to promote inter-faith harmony.

Khurshid Khan, a deputy attorney general based in the northwestern city of Peshawar, was de-notified and replaced by another lawyer while he was on a private visit to Nepal and Bhutan to perform 'sewa' at places of worship.

Attorney General Irfan Qadir too confirmed that Khan had been replaced by another lawyer.

He did not cite any reason for Khan's removal.

"Deputy Attorney General is not a permanent post. It's assigned for three years," Qadir said.

Khan, currently in Kathmandu, cut short his planned tour and decided to return to Pakistan. He told The Express Tribune on phone that he had been removed from his post.

He also gave another reason for his sacking. "I've been punished for my struggle against corruption and for challenging Dewaan-e-Khaas, a restaurant allegedly built on public property by Awami National Party activists," Khan said.

Khan said he had spoken to his son and asked him to return the official vehicle provided by the government.

The law officer has been in the limelight since he began his "sewa campaign" at Jogan Shah Gurdwara in Peshawar after Taliban militants kidnapped and killed some Sikhs in the lawless tribal belt some years ago.

In March, Khan swept floors, washed dishes and polished shoes at Sikh gurdwaras and mosques during a visit to India.

Khan said at the time his actions were aimed at healingthe "wounds of minorities in Pakistan by becoming their sevadar". But his actions did not go down well with conservatives.

source: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-govt-fires-top-law-officer-for-doing-seva-in-indian-shrines/982847/
 

Auzer

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Feb 19, 2012
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Well , how do we know that he was fired due to his service in Indian shrines? The article never mentions anything like it and gives other reasons (Like corruption scandal he talked against etc) ..

Wrong and sensational title just to spread hatred. Simple as that....

Indian media is shameful .... No wonder Indians are so brainwashed and are living in a fantasy world of their own ..
 
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FROM PAKISTAN NEWSPAPER:



The Express Tribune Office
5 Expressway, Off Korangi road
Karachi, 75500
Pakistan


No reason cited: Top ‘sevadar’ law officer shown the door

By Umer Farooq

Published: August 2, 2012

PESHAWAR:
The government has sacked a top law officer who swept floors, did the dishes and polished shoes at shrines and places of worship during a recent official trip to India to ‘promote inter-faith harmony’.

Muhammad Khurshid Khan, a deputy attorney general based in Peshawar, confirmed to The Express Tribune that he has been de-notified and replaced with Farooq Shah.

Known for his seva (community service), Khan is currently in Kathmandu, Nepal, for a service pilgrimage (Sevadari). However, he has cut short his planned tour of Bhutan and Tibet and will return to Pakistan on Thursday (today).

Khan made headlines in Indian press in March, this year, by sweeping floors and polishing shoes of devotees at Sikh gurdwaras in India, including Golden Temple.

This was, according to Khan, “to heal the wounds of minorities in Pakistan by becoming their sevadar (performer of service)”. For him, it was a “penance for his crimes.”

Back home, his sevadari did not go well with conservatives. The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) issued him a show-cause notice for ‘defaming’ Pakistan abroad. However, the notice was never delivered to Khan following a strong criticism from liberal lawyers.

Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir also confirmed that Khan has been replaced with Shah. However, he did not cite any reason for Khan’s removal from the post.

“DAG is not a permanent post. It’s assigned for three years,” Qadir told The Express Tribune by phone from Islamabad.

Even if Qadir’s claim is believed, Khan has not completed his three-year term. According to Khan, he had assumed the charge in September 2010 and his stint should have expired in September 2013.

Interestingly, Khurshid Khan, also a loyalist of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), gave another reason for his sacking.

“I’ve been punished for my struggle against corruption and for challenging Dewaan-e-Khaas, a restaurant allegedly built on public property by Awami National Party activists,” Khan told The Express Tribune by phone from Kathmandu. Khan added that he has called up his son and asked him to return the official vehicle.

Khan claimed that an ANP activist had threatened him to withdraw his petition against the restaurant or else he would be fired. “Now, [after sacking] I’ve been released from the golden cage. I will continue to fight against corruption,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2012.

source: http://tribune.com.pk/story/416309/no-reason-cited-top-sevadar-law-officer-shown-the-door/

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