ISLAMABAD  - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Thursday dismissed a petition in which the promotion policy of civilian employees of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was challenged by terming it as discriminatory.

Chief Justice IHC Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi rejected the petition moved by civilian employees of premier spy agency of the country. In their petition, they had challenged the promotion policy of ISI, stating that the process is discriminatory and slow.

However, Chief Justice IHC turned down the petition by declaring it as non-maintainable and directed the petitioners to file their grievance before the Federal Services Tribunal (FST). Petitioners' counsel contended before the court that the status of ISI civilian officials is not clear and there is only one liner budget for these employees.

He said that Senator Farhat Ullah Babar had tabled a bill in the parliament for determining status of these civilian ISI officials on May 30, 2012 but no further progress was made in this regard.  The counsel representing ISI presented before the court a confidential notification in sealed envelope according to which, services of these civilian officials were acquired. After hearing argument from both the sides, CJ Anwar Kasi dismissed the petition.

It is worth mentioning here that in June this year, Inspector Abdul Rahim and 34 other civilian officials of the spy agency approached the IHC complaining that the process of their promotion was discriminatory. Some claimed they had been waiting for their promotions for 23 years.

During the last hearing of the case, the CJ had expressed his annoyance saying that it was not ISI to decide jurisdiction of this court.  CJ IHC while hearing the petitions June this year had directed the ISI officials not to take any adverse action against the petitioners.

On August 2013 petitioner told the court that the ISI officials have transferred him to Sui in Balochistan and also asked him to vacate official residence allotted to him.

While hearing the case, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC had suspended the posting orders of Abdul Rahim on August 16 and also barred the ISI administration from dispossessing the petitioners from his official residence.

Meanwhile, in another case, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui directed chairman National Highways Authority (NHA) to appear before the court on October 9, in a contempt of court petition moved by the sacked employees of NHA.

These employees were sacked in 1997 by the previous PML-N government.

While talking to The Nation, the counsel for the petitioners Zill-e-Huma advocate told that they had applied for the reinstatement of these employees under reinstatement act 2010.

She added that in May this year Justice Siddiqui had directed the NHA to address grievance of these petitioners that NHA did not.

"Therefore, they moved a contempt of court application that was fixed heard on Thursday," she informed.