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Asma Jahangir vs Justice Ramday – by Khalid Wasti
I have just read the headline “Jobs for retired officers on contract violation of law: SC”, in The News dated January 28, 2011. This has been said while the SC is investigating the Hajj Corruption Scandal. To be very honest, the way the Supreme Court is acting is nothing less than a joke. The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday ordered on the contractual issue of retired officials, further holding it prima facie, it appeared that provisions of law in Section 14 of the Civil Servants Act 1973 as well as sections contained in Estacode and verdicts of the superior court on the subject were not considered and adhered to. The court further observed that the practice was not conducive for good governance — not only in police department but also in other departments. The court, while expressing dissatisfaction at the progress report submitted by the additional director general FIA, directed that a comprehensive report be filed till February 10 as many matters were left unaddressed. The attorney general apprised the bench that he had submitted a list containing the names of nine contractual officers in police and FIA. He said nine officers in the Police Department were re-employed while four summaries were also moved by the department itself. DIG Sultan Salahuddin Khattak, DG FIA Wasim Ahmed, Tariq Jameel, Major (retd) Khurram Gulzar, Nadir Hussain Khoso, Saeed M Baloch, Lt Col (retd) Farman Ali, Mian Akhtar Hayat and other police officers appeared and apprised the court that they would contend their cases.
May I dare ask that based on this logic, why is Justice Khalil ur Rehman Ramday still an Ad Hoc Judge? He had reached superannuation and had to be retired, but then the CJ created a judicial storm with Jang/The News/Geo and got him appointed as an Ad-Hoc Judge in February 2010. Also one needs to ask the CJ and the honorable judges, what exactly they want the executive to do? The PM can’t promote civil servants from Grade 21 to Grade 22 as that can be termed as illegal. The PM cannot even appoint people to boards of SOE’s nor as management of those organizations.
The CJ was terming certain civil servants as incompetent, now he is recommending some civil servants. What exactly is happening? The CJ has become an extortionist. That is what I can simply say. May I also dare point out the deviation of topics in this case. From Hajj Corruption to PM’s Family and Friends to Civil Servants appointment!
Hum piyen to Haram, tum piyo to Halal???
Video report: Iftikhar Chaudhry taking oath under PCO – 30 June 2005