IHC summons Deputy Secretary Establishment

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Regularizing Passport office contract employees

Islamabad—A writ petition pertaining to non regularizing the Grade 16 and 17 contract employees of affiliated organization of Federal Ministry of Interior, Passport and Immigration Directorate came up for hearing in the court of Mr. Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani of Islamabad High Court yesterday.
The learned Justice directed the Deputy Secretary Establishment to appear personally on the next day of hearing and explain why the affected employees are not being regularized. Barrister Aqeel Malik and Nabeel Rehman are representing the affected employees.
While giving the reference of Supreme Court’s recent decision about the regularization, the learned judge directed the Deputy Secretary Establishment to personally appear on the next hearing and inform why the relevant employees are not regularized.
The learned judge also ordered Federal Public Service Commission to stop any hiring for the particular department.
In fact, he said that even if their appointments were illegal, SC has recently passed an order declaring appointing authority is responsible for this lapse and not the candidates.
The lawyers representing the defendants argued that while their hiring is done as per rules and regulations, they are not responsible for any lapse. The learned judge has set the next date of hearing Dec 15, 2016.—INP