SC directs SPSC to stop appointments till verdict


Islamabad—The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) to stop all new appointments till its judgment in the case regarding appointment/eligibility of the incumbent Chairman and members of the Commission.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard a suo moto case regarding eligibility of the Chairman and members of the Commission.
During the proceedings of the case, Additional Advocate General Sindh appeared before the court and stated that if the Commission is forbidden from making further recruitments, the system would collapse, as the process of doctors’ recruitment was in progress. How a chairman was appointed who was not eligible for the post?” Justice Khilji questioned.
The Chief Justice remarked that the court would not allow the Commission to function until the court is satisfied about the appointment of the chairman regarding his eligibility. Farooq H. Naek appeared before the court as counsel of the Commission and apprised the bench that the incumbant Chairman of the SPSC was eligible for the post as he had served on different government positions for more than 20 years. The court issued directives to the Commission to stop new recruitment till the disposal of the petition and adjourned the hearing till Nov 3
Meanwhile, it is reported that the Supreme Court on Monday maintained Islamabad High Court (IHC) verdict and dismissed Zarai Taraquiti Bank Limited’s (ZTBL) retired employees’ case against deduction in remuneration of their retirement benefits. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case filed by retired employees of ZTBL.
It is pertinent to mention here that ZTBL employees were offered golden shake-hand and their salaries and other allowances were protected through an ordinance in 2002. Later, ZTBL administration reduces the pension of employees. The employees filed petition in the Islamabad High Court which was accepted by the court and it directed the ZTBL administration to pay allowances according to Ordinance which was issued in 2002. The ZTBL administration filed intra court appeal which was accepted by the division bench as it declared the single bench order void. Later, the employees challenged IHC verdict before the apex court which was dismissed.—APP