A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday suspended an order by a single bench for termination of 1,173 employees of the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and Faisalabad and Gujranwala electric supply companies.
The single bench comprising Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah had in 2010 set aside the appointments of these employees observing they were made on political grounds at the behest of the then minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.
The candidates who were ignored by the authorities in the process had challenged the appointments to the posts of assistant linemen, meter readers, commercial assistants and naib qasids.
They had said that the posts required candidates domiciled in Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Toba Tek Singh, Khushab, Sargodha and Mianwali. However, the candidates who were appointed belonged to Chakwal and Gujjar Khan.
The bench after hearing initial arguments of the counsel suspended the order of the single bench and sought replies from Pepco, Wapda and other respondents by July 28.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2011.
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