BHC declares women candidates eligible for tehsildar posts

Says discrimination is not permissible under constitution


APP September 30, 2022

QUETTA:

Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Thursday declared debarring women candidates from applying for the post of ‘tehsildar and naib tehsildar’ as illegal and unconstitutional.

“The condition whereby only male candidates were declared eligible and females  were barred for the post of ‘tehsildar and naib tehsildar’ by Balochistan Public Service Commission is illegal and unconstitutional,” BHC ruled directing the provincial government to fix/reserve 5% quota for female candidates only.

The divisional bench of BHC comprising Justice Hashim  Khan Kakar and Justice  Gul Hassan Tareen announced the verdict in a constitutional petition filed by Nargis Sumalani against Revenue Department’s advertisement for the posts of tehsildar and naib tehsildar inviting applications from only male candidates and barring female candidates.

The petitioner in her constitutional petition prayed the court to declare that if any  rule and proviso exist which debarred female candidates for applying for the post of ‘tehsildar and naib tehsildar’ is void in the eyes of law.

She also contended that the court may direct the provincial government to fix quota for female candidates in the said posts and allow female contestants to compete the same on merit as well.

“The logical reason for non-eligibility of female candidates for the post of tehsildar does not attract a prudent mind for the simple reason that a number of females are  working as superintendents of police, SHOs, assistant commissioners, judges, secretaries and ministers,” the petition further read.

After hearing both sides, Justice Hashim Khan Kakar ruled that the impugned  condition is tantamount to discrimination which is not permissible under constitution and goes against constitutional mandate of equality and safeguard against  discrimination in service.

“Government should readvertise the posts of ‘tehsildars and naib tehsildars’,” the verdict read.

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