Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has declined the Balochistan government’s request to fill thousands of posts promised under the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package (AHBP) and the provincial chief minister has been informed that there is a ‘ban on all recruitments’.
Joint Secretary (Admin) Dr Masood Akhter corresponded with Naseem Lehri, Principal Secretary to the CM, saying that as of 12th September, 2013, ‘a total of 3,692 positions were vacant in the federal ministries/divisions/autonomous bodies/corporation against the 6 per cent quota for Balochistan’ and out of 1,733 advertised vacancies, 70 per cent of appointments were made till June 14, 2013. As of June 20th, however, he said ‘the government has imposed a ban on all recruitments’.
In January, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch asked the PM to expedite the recruitment process for some 4,000 federal government posts identified as vacant by a special government committee and the Establishment Division.
The government’s committee found that 6,141 government employees of 10,000 positions reserved for the province identify their domicile within Balochistan. Around 272 of the vacancies reserved for Balochistan in various ministries and attached departments are BPS-17 to BPS-21 positions, the committee’s findings added.
Baloch MNA Syed Essa Noori requested the government to observe the quota system, prescribed under Article 27(1) of the Constitution. “No one hears our voice in the Parliament. AHB Package is a history now - it seems the government is no longer interested in continuing this programme,” he said.
MNA Khalid Magsi, who represents the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, said there were no major differences when it comes to filling vacant posts under Balochistan’s quota in the federal capital. “I’m certain this issue will be resolved after June this year.” He added that he has been unable to meet with the PM to convey his concerns.
It’s also pertinent to mention here that there are no jobs reserved for Balochistan in the president secretariat (personal), prime minister secretariat, Senate, national assembly and Supreme Court, according to the findings of the government committee.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2014.