The Azad Jammu and Kashmir High Court has issued a stay order to the police against the induction of 700 new constables into the force and has sought response from police authorities. The court also directed that physical tests scheduled for Saturday of the new inductees be suspended.
The order was issued in response to a petition filed by police constables who were discharged from service after expiration of their contracts.
They petitioners had maintained that they were sacked even after AJK Prime Minister (PM) Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, Chief Secretary Shehzad Arbab and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tariq Khokhar assured that their services will be regularised.
The petitioners maintained that they served in various projects, including the Mangla Dam Raising Project, and have also completed 11 months of training.
They prayed to the court that their contractual service be revived and regularised before making any new recruitments into the police force.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2012.