ISLAMABAD – Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered 15 technical contract officers of Pakistan Railways to pass Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) test and interview.
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed, issued directions while hearing appeals of 15 technical officers of Grade-17 of Pakistan Railways.
The SC bench directed the contract employees of Grade-17 of Pakistan Railways to pass FPSC test. The apex court noted that Islamabad High Court had granted six months to the Railways employees to pass the examination.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan said that there were many judgements of the apex court where it had been declared that all posts above Grad-16 should be filled through FPSC test.
The employees’ lawyer contended that his clients had been serving the Railways for the last 11 years, therefore now it would be little difficult for them to pass the test. The counsel argued that he had been practicing in the Supreme Court for many years, but now if someone asked him to pass the LLB exam then it would become difficult for him to pass the LLB exam.
He prayed to the court to grant time so that his clients could prepare for exam. He said that the FPSC test was scheduled on July 28. The Chief Justice asked the counsel that your clients were in Grade-17 but they were not prepared to sit for the basic exam.
Justice Ijaz said that now no one above Grade-16 posts could be regularized in the government departments without passing the test and interview.