The Islamabad High Court on Thursday issued a contempt of court notice to Secretary Establishment Division and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister for not complying with court’s orders issued in a case regarding the promotion of senior bureaucrats.
A single member bench headed by Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi heard a petition filed by as many as 11 civil servants who prayed before the court that senior civil servants’ promotions must be carried out in light of recommendations of the Central Selection Board (CSB) as the CSB is the right forum to consider whether or not an officer is fit for promotion.
During the course of proceedings, Asma Jahangir, the counsel for the petitioners, pleaded that the promotions of blue-eyed bureaucrats is still a priority of the Prime Minister as the said promotions are not being carried out in light recommendations of the Central Selection Board (CSB). She added that the same bench had ordered on July 2014 that the promotions of bureaucrats must be done in light of Central Selection Board’s recommendations and suspended Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s order to review the decision regarding the promotions of bureaucrats.
The court while issuing a contempt of court notice to Secretary Establishment Division and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister adjourned the proceedings of the matter for a week. It is pertinent to mention that the IHC ordered the promotion of bureaucrats in light of Central Selection Board’s recommendations and suspended the Prime Minister’s directives to review the decision regarding the promotion of bureaucrats.
The CSB had recommended promotions of 44 Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) officers, 11 Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) officers and 12 Foreign Service Group (FSG) officers in February 2014. The PM then ordered a review of the promotions given to 18 PAS officers, five PSP officers, and four FSG officers. After PM’s order, their promotions were withheld. The officers whose promotions were held have challenged the Premier’s decision in the IHC.
The petitioners had argued that as per the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Orya Maqbool Abbasi versus Federation of Pakistan, the apex court had stated that the CSB, as a semi-judicial forum, had been authorised to examine the cases of the officers justly and fairly. They further prayed before the court how the recommendations of the CSB cannot be accepted by an executive authority in their case.
SOURCE: RECORDER REPORT