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Dilshad Azeem
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
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The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) employees, deciding to launch an agitation, have immediately started a pen down protest against what they describe as unconstitutional appointment of its chairman.

 

Almost all employees — officers and staffers — signed a joint resolution adopted in the managing body meeting, held on May 4, and took a decision to escalate their protest till the removal of the chairman, appointed as officiating head of the PRCS.

 

The managing body is the highest platform of the society for the endorsement of the members as well as the chairman’s appointment after their approval by the president of Pakistan, who is also president of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society.

 

“The employees do not accept this unconstitutional appointment and refuse to follow the instruction-directives issued by Major General (r) Muhammad Nawaz through the PRCS Chairman Secretariat, National Headquarter (NHQ),” reads the joint resolution.

 

When contacted, Major General (r) Nawaz listened to the questions carefully, confirmed about the resolution adopted by the general body but categorically refused to offer a comment despite he was repeatedly requested for the same.

 

Although he was asked to speak a few words as the employees have targeted him and not the PRCS, he preferred to refer the matter to PRCS

 

Secretary General Dr. Mehboob Sardar for the official words.

 

Dr Mehboob, probably directed by the general, was neither available at his offices, nor he attended the telephone calls made to him at his official telephone and dropped several messages telling his staff about the purpose of contacting him on his boss’ directives.

 

The efforts to get a complete version took almost three days but all in vain despite hectic efforts and even after he was asked to respond to a precise questionnaire.

 

Unanimously deciding to “denounce the directives

 

and functioning of the

 

chairman”, the employees said their writ petition is before the Islamabad High Court

 

which served a notice on the officiating chairman to

 

appear and respond on 21 grounds.

 

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society’s strength at the Islamabad offices is 106 while 105 have duly signed the resolution available with this correspondent; such a protest, pen down, strike or agitation is neither witnessed in the history of the society.

 

“The matter is sub-judice; therefore, following the instructions of the unconstitutionally appointed officiating chairman is ethically wrong, said the representative of the employees,” their statement says.

 

They claims that the constitution the Pakistan Red Crescent Society has been violated i.e. the president who is also the President of Pakistan Red Crescent Society, in pursuance to the constitution of PRCS, nominates the chairman who is then endorsed by the management body.

 

However, in this case the General (r) was appointed as officiating chairman till further orders which has no constitutional validity, they said.

 

The PRCS employees, officers and staffers asked President Asif Zardari, who is also the president of PRCS, to intervene.

 

The protesting employees say that they plan to stage a big protest within next couple of days when Punjab Governor Latif Khosa would be chief guest in a ceremony.