SC upholds IHC verdict in appointments case
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday maintained the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order and dismissed the government plea in a case regarding appointments made through Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC).
A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan heard the case.
During the course of proceedings, the Deputy Attorney General said that under the office memorandum, an officer was to be recruited from the Navy, one from Air Force and three from Army.
The Chief Justice said that office memorandum was not valid.
Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan said that Rifatullah was on the seventh position on the merit, while first in the provincial quota. He said that Rifatullah was not given a job despite getting the seventh position.
He asked the Deputy Attorney General why job was not given to Rifatullah despite getting first position on provincial quota.
The Deputy Attorney General responded that a man had already been recruited from the Air Force and Rifatullah was not appointed over these reasons.
Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan said that the person picked from the Air Force was number one on overall merit.
The Chief Justice asked if the army took one man from Punjab and the rest from Sindh, then this ratio would be correct.
He said that Rifatullah came on merit and he would have to be given a job.
He said that if the seat of Rifatullah was given to someone else, then the government should deal with it itself.
The Islamabad High Court in 2018 had ordered that Rifatullah be hired. – APP