ISLAMABAD: In utter disregard to the Supreme Court order of 2011 and the Lahore High Court’s order on April 12 this year, the Employees Old Age Benefit Institute (EOBI) will conduct tests of candidates to recruit well over 400 employees, The News learnt here Wednesday.
However, EOBI Chairman Zafar Gondal, who is younger brother of Nazar Gondal, a PPP minister, when approached on telephone, vehemently denied recruitment was being done in the department.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by then Justice Javed Iqbal had barred the institute early last year from any more recruitments till the case regarding hundreds of employees allegedly inducted in a dubious manner was decided. Other two judges were Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Raja Fayyaz.
Again, a Lahore High Court bench on April 12, 2012, declared with regard to the prime minister’s decision to keep EOBI with the centre that the prime minister does not have any constitutional mandate to enlarge his powers by amending rules of business or otherwise with relation to subjects which fall in the domain of the provinces.
As a result, Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan noted: “All acts and things done after 18.4.2010 when the 18th Amendment became part of the Constitution with reference to Act No XII of 1976 including issuance of Notification No.4-10/2011-min-1 dated 20.7.2011, Notification No.S.R.O.121(1)/20100 dated 3.1.2012 and all acts done pursuant to the said notifications are declared to be violative of the Constitution, without lawful authority, and of no legal effect.
An EOBI employee Tajamul Hussain, who is also President EOBI Employees Federation of Pakistan (CBA) had filed a petition, named 48012-HR Case was filed with the Supreme Court and the three-member bench had issued restraining order to EOBI.
“Which 400 people,” Zafar Gondal asked when told that 429 posts would be filled in for which advertisements were given in newspapers and now a date fixed for conducting tests of the candidates.
When informed that this correspondent had a copy of the letter, containing names of focal persons, who would be conducting tests on April 29 -HR Consultant M/S National Consultant for Business and Management Solution, he replied, “That was. It’s no more, gentleman.”
Contrary to it, however, EOBI insiders said that the top management was all set to again flout the judiciary’s categorical orders and induct around 500 persons on political basis.
A letter titled Top Priority (Time Limit Matter) (Ref No. P/C-30 (Recruitment)/2012/802, April 12, 2012), a copy of which is with this correspondent, carries the names of ten focal persons. They are Aftab Ahmad, Nasir Iqbal, Muhammad Yousaf, Misbah Tahir, Jamshed Khan, Samina Panezai, Muhammad Ibrahim, Liaquat Ali, Sherjeel Raja and Anwar Baloch. The letter bears signature of Director General (HR&GA) Pervaiz Ahmed.