SC cancels plot allotments of 53 bureaucrats

Published: November 11, 2010
Plots were allotted to bureaucrats when PM promoted them, plots to be returned along with original documents.

Plots were allotted to bureaucrats when PM promoted them, plots to be returned along with original documents.

ISLAMABAD: The government has cancelled plot allotments to 53 bureacrats after Supreme Court orders on Thursday.

A total of 53 top bureaucrats, who had been promoted to BS-22 by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, were demoted earlier by the court. While the Supreme Court had stopped the promotions of these officers, Gilani ordered the government in September 2009 to revise the rules governing such decisions. He then promoted 25 of the officers who had been demoted.

The SC declared their promotions null and void and slammed the establishment secretary for a delay in the demotion of officials promoted to Grade-22 without merit. The SC then cancelled the promotions on April 27, 2010.

Express 24/7 correspondent Sumaira Khan reported that these bureacrats were allotted expensive properties in sectors G – 13 and D – 12 in Islamabad at the time of their promotions, and the SC on Thursday cancelled plot allotments by the prime minister.

Khan reported that questions were asked of the Minister of Housing Rehmatullah Kakar in the National Assembly, and he said the allotted plots have to be returned along with their original documents.

Khan reported that a complication may arise in this regard as some bureaucrats have already sold the plots allotted to them, and are now expected to return them with orinigal documents.

According to an Online report the bureaucrats who were affected with the SC verdict include the PM’s Principal Secretary Nargis Sethi, Former Chief Secretary Punjab Javed Mehmood, Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmed, Secretary Narcotics Tariq Khosa, Secretary Petroleum Kamran Lashari, Home Secretary Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman CDA Imtiaz Inayat, Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw’s Chief Secretary Javed Iqbal, Secretary Ombudsman Sami Saeed, Chairman FBR Sohail Ahmed and Inspector General of the Punjab Police, Tariq Saleem Dogar, Secretary Information Technology Najeeb Ullah, Inspector General Balochistan Javed Ali Shah, Secretary Special Education Imtiaz Hussain Qazi, IG Motorway Wasim Kosar, Chief Secretary Balochistan Ahmed Buksh Lehri, Secretary Federal Ombudsman Sami Saeed.

The other officers include Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Australia Jalil Abbas Jillani, Pakistan’s Ambassador in China Masood Khan, Nazar Hussain, Junaid Iqbal, Ghulam Ali Shah, Zamer Akram, Prime Minister’s brother in law Moeen Al-Islam, Zahir Hussain, Rukhsana Saleem, Ahmed Mehmood, Batool Qureshi, Shabir Ahmed, Javed Noor, Khalid Khattak, Haroon Shaukat, Ameen-ul-Hussain, Ghulam Rasool, Gull Mohammad Rind, Tariq Iqbal Puri, Shahid Rasheed, Nasir Khosa, Inam Ullah Khan and Khalid Idrees.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • SK
    Nov 11, 2010 - 12:36PM

    Its cat and mouse game- now govt will come up with new scheme to fill pockets of its cronies and game will go on.Recommend

  • Nov 11, 2010 - 12:55PM

    Rule of Jungle in my dear motherlandRecommend

  • Mushtaque Ahmed
    Nov 11, 2010 - 1:10PM

    They came, they saw, they looted.Recommend

  • Rana Amjad
    Nov 11, 2010 - 1:18PM

    Fully agree with SK!Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Nov 11, 2010 - 1:51PM

    “Justice must be seen to be done”
    The decision is appreciatedRecommend

  • Blizzard!
    Nov 11, 2010 - 2:06PM

    Go SC! Go SC! Go SCRecommend

  • Rizwan
    Nov 11, 2010 - 3:22PM

    In these circumstances SC seems to be the ONLY functioning Institute of country.Recommend

  • Jasmine
    Nov 11, 2010 - 3:34PM

    The court should cancel the allotments done for the judges as well.Recommend

  • Rana Amjad
    Nov 11, 2010 - 3:43PM

    SC without any powers to implement its orders!Recommend

  • Asrar Ahmed
    Nov 11, 2010 - 3:49PM

    Why give plots to any one below market rates.This is public asset and not private jagir of any one.

    No plots should be given below market rates to any one. Recommend

  • binwakeel
    Nov 11, 2010 - 4:17PM

    Could anyone explain as to why only some and not all in grade 22 were favoured? There are several who got promoted to grade 22 earlier who were never considered fit to be allotted a plot. Ostensibly the allotment was made with a view to provide them a ‘makan’; why then were they able to sell them at exorbitant prices? These and several other questions present themselves, begging for answers.Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Nov 11, 2010 - 5:14PM

    All this happen in Pakistan and there is only one place where peoples can trust now supreme court of Pakistan.I am sure we will see more justice and justice during the coming years long live for them.

    Abdul Rauf khan
    Toronto CanadaRecommend

  • nina
    Nov 11, 2010 - 11:04PM

    Were these bureaucrats homeless and that is why they were granted plots? These plots can be put to better use for the Pakistani population. As the saying goes, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Nov 11, 2010 - 11:08PM

    When will our Judges return back plots awarded to them, some even got two >>> Now even some so called journalists are also fighting with each other on tv channels and questioning each other on merits and demerits of accepting plots. In fact all are after perks and special treatments at the expense of Tax payers.Recommend

  • Ehsan
    Nov 12, 2010 - 9:52AM

    Just a waste of time. As SC knows, the PM rewrote the rules and promoted ALL (but one) to Grade-22 again. He will rewrite the rules again to give them the plots back. SC certainly hasn’t helped their cause when sitting SC judges themselves acquired plots (and in instances, more than one plot) from the very PM. I am certain rules were bent for that too. So agree with Jasmine that “The court should cancel the allotments done for the judges as well.”Recommend

  • Farah
    Nov 13, 2010 - 6:14AM

    Cancel the plots that were allotted to the judges at the earliest, Chief Justice.Recommend

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