Setback: BHC dismisses officers on deputation’s plea

Even children of serving ministers/ MPAs were found to benefit from this at the cost of deserving candidates


Mohammad Zafar November 21, 2016
Nine judges will be appointed for Sindh High Court (SHC) and three each for Balochistan High Court (BHC) and Islamabad High Court (IHC), sources said. PHOTO: FILE

QUETTA: Officers working on deputation received a serious setback after a divisional bench of the Balochistan High Court (BHC) dismissed their plea to stop their repatriation to parent departments.

Some officers of the provincial agriculture and livestock departments had filed a petition in the BHC, challenging the Supreme Court orders, calling for repatriating all officers on deputation back to their parent departments.

The petitioner contended that some officers had been merged with other cadres in a bid to avoid repatriation. They requested the court to grant a stay on this order of the Balochistan government.

The divisional bench, chaired by Chief Justice Mohammad Noor Miskanzai and comprising Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan, summoned Advocate-General Amanullah Kanrani and sought information regarding the Supreme Court order to the Balochistan chief secretary,  asking him to ensure repatriation of all officers.

It was clarified that the Supreme Court verdict had urged the Balochistan government to implement its orders within four weeks. It warned that if the provincial government failed to comply within four weeks, otherwise the apex court would initiate contempt proceedings against the chief secretary, Balochistan.

Following the clarification, the bench dismissed the petition.

There were reports suggesting that officers on deputation wielded political clout, securing better postings.

Even children of serving ministers/ MPAs were found to benefit from this at the cost of deserving candidates. Transfers on deputation were misused by political personalities and corrupt government officials.

Meanwhile, the chief secretary sought details about deputations, officers on non-cadre posts against regular cadre posts and officers merged with other departments leaving their parent departments.

The chief secretary issued a circular, instructing all departments concerned and autonomous bodies to submit the required details by November 29, warning all department heads to comply.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2016.

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