Islamabad: A Government’s spokesman has contradicted news stories appeared in a section of press regarding the provincial share in Federal Bureaucracy. The Spokesman said that the writer had misquoted the facts as the government strictly adhered to the policy of provincial quota in government jobs as laid down in the Constitution of Pakistan.
The spokesman said that the present government, in-cases of promotion and appointment, followed the Supreme Court Judgment of dated 28-04-2010in letter and spirit which states that no concession can be extended to any officer in respect of any appointment on the ground only for race, religion, caste, sex, residence or place of birth. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has given this judgment in Human Right Cases (Tariq Azizuddin and others) while deciding the applications against the promotion of 54 officers to BPS-22.
The spokesman further stated that the writer had not bothered to verify the facts about the domiciles of the officers who actually belonged to other provinces while he had reported them from Punjab. For instance, the following officers have been reported having Punjab domiciles:
Mr. Abdul Wajid Rana (Sindh-U)
Mrs. Batool Iqbal Qureshi (Gilgit-Baltistan)
Mr. Anis ul Hasnain Musavi (Sindh-R)
Major (Retd) Haroon Rashid (Balochistan)
Regarding the appointment of Chief Secretaries in Provinces, the spokesman clarified that they are appointed with the consent and concurrence of provinces. He also clarified that the High Powered Selection Board (HPSB) is chaired by the Prime Minister which makes decision for appointments against the top bureaucracy and best officers are selected during the process in accordance with prescribed criteria.
He said that a large number of officers from other provinces are also heading important organizations / departments under Federal Government. The spokesman also dispelled the impression created by the news story that the current government was creating an imbalance among federating units’ representation in key federal positions.
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Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
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