ISLAMABAD - The Bureau of Immigration and Overseas Employment has issued a licence of overseas employment promoters to a company that is being run by a person convicted from a military court, The Nation has learnt.

Documents available with this correspondent show that a Rawalpindi-based company, North Start Trading and Overseas Employment, is being run by Imran Javed, who was court-martialled by a military court in 2013.

Interestingly North Start Trading and Overseas Employment, that was established in 2008, is also doing business with a UAE-based company, The Transguard Group, an Emirate Group Company that was established in 2001. The website of the company says that it is a leading company in security services in the region with four core businesses including security services, manpower and outsourcing solution, human resource management and IT services.

According to the documents, Imran Javed s/o Bashir Ahmed (ex-junior technician Pak/489320, Ground Combatier of Amin Wing) was convicted and sentenced to one year and nine months rigorous imprisonment under section 38 (1) of Pakistan Air Force Act - Deserting the Service by a district court martial held at Pakistan Air Force Base, Nur Khan on February 27, 2013.

The sentence of Imran was confirmed by Air Commodore Tahir AM Ranjha, TI(M), Officer Commanding Pakistan Air Force Base, Nur Khan and warrant of sentence was issued by Anum Masood, Flight Lieutenant Staff Officer Commanding, PAF Base, Nur Khan, on April 3, 2013. The sentence of the convict was ordered to take effect from February 27, 2013. He was admitted in the jail on April 3, 2013 after conviction.

Imran was released from the jail on completion of sentence in December 10, 2013 after the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench in its order dated 9th December 2013 directed that the conviction would be effective from 18 December 2012.

When an official of the Bureau of Immigration was contacted, he wishing not be named as he was not authorised to talk to media, said that he would have to go through the relevant laws whether a convicted person could hold a licence of employment promoter or not. He said action would be taken if rules were violated in the case.

The website of North Star Trading and Overseas Employment says that the company was established in 2008 and is being run by a young and energetic team of highly qualified and dedicated professionals with an aim to provide trained and suitable manpower for the entire satisfaction of prestigious clients.