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- Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - From Print Edition


ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has been asked to take notice of 4000 political appointments made by National Bank of Pakistan in the months of February and March 2013 when the ECP had imposed a ban on fresh recruitments which clearly is pre-poll rigging.


One Jamshed Mir through his counsel Tariq Asad Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan has alleged that the NBP has filled these 4000 posts on the pressure of ex-PPP government. The application filed in the ECP, a copy of which is available with The News, reads that the ECP has recently ordered Finance Division to withdraw the appointment notification of Deputy Governor State Bank of Pakistan Muhammad Ashraf Wathra considering it a threat to free and fair elections.


“In the same context, I would like to bring it to your notice that the National Bank of Pakistan has recruited as many as 4000 new employees during the month of February and March 2013. It is pertinent to mention that the ECP has announced the ban on new appointments in government institutions in exercise of the powers conferred upon it under Article 218(3) and 220 of the constitution, Article 6 of the ECP Order 2002, section 103-c and 104 of the representation of the people’s act 1976 and all other powers enabling it in that behalf”, the application says.


It adds: In clear violation of the orders of the ECP, NBP made the appointments, majority of which appointed in northern Punjab, on political pressure by the ex-government of PPP. The illegal recruitment is not only burden on the bank as surplus employees and causing loss of millions of rupees to it annually, it is also a form of pre-poll rigging that can influence voters tilt towards PPP in Punjab.”It has been requested to take immediate notice and annul these political appointments.