President orders compensation for complainant awaiting justice for 24 years

Zubair Qureshi

President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday directed the Federal Ombudsman to execute its decision, that remained unimplemented for 24 years, and ordered a compensation for the complainant seeking justice for long.

The President gave the order after taking notice of an old case of 1997 and viewed “injustice in the matter was obvious and evident” as the petitioner “ran from pillar to post, looking for justice”.

Mushtaq Ahmad Jadoon from District Abbottabad had filed an appeal with the President of Pakistan against non-implementation of the decision of Federal Ombudsman passed in his complaint on 22.11.1997, where a direction was given to provide him job in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for being suitable for the available position.

The petitioner in his request had mentioned that notwithstanding his fitness for the post of Technician in Engine Overhaul, he was selected as Engineering Assistant but was not appointed.

It was highlighted that the recommendation of the Federal Ombudsman remained unimplemented despite several applications submitted by the petitioner.

The PIA in response to the applicant had said that no relief could be granted to a person in 2019/2020, who was meeting the eligibility criteria for employment in PIA in 1996 but was not appointed.

However, the PIA proposed grant of benefit or compensation as per rules, on special request.

The complainant agitated the matter with the President of Pakistan after his request for implementation was closed by the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat on 08.10.2019 for being time-barred.

To redress the grievance of the petitioner, the President disposed of the case with a direction to the Federal Ombudsman to “implement its findings dated 22.11.1997 and award compensation to the complainant as proposed by the Agency (PIA) itself.”

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