Islamabad - Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Friday wrote a letter to the prime minister about the alleged discrimination in promotion of officers from Sindh and Balochistan.

“The discriminatory decisions against Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS) officers from the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan were taken by the Special Committee and SSB-1 in the recently held meeting,” said Khursheed Shah in the letter.

“The committee under your chairmanship, while promoting 13 officers from BS-21 to BS-22, ignored officers from Sindh and Balochistan as not a single officer from these provinces was promoted to BS-22,” Shah said. “It is also further pointed out that out of 40 federal secretaries only one belongs to the Sindh province. Three junior PAS officers are working as additional secretaries in charge, whereas some officers of Sindh who are senior to these three officers were never considered to meet the shortfall, leaving Sindh highly under-represented at the highest level in the federal government,” he added.

“In the last meeting of SSB-1 held on 3rd and 4th May, 2015, eight officers of PAS Group from Sindh were superseded or deferred/ignored despite the fact that they were meeting the required criteria (Annex-I),” he further mentioned in his letter.

“The officers junior to them belonging to Punjab were even given additional marks by the board and were cleared for promotion from BS-20 to 21. Similarly, in case of promotion of officers from BS-19 to 20, a number of officers from Sindh, despite meeting the criteria, stand ignored/superseded,” Shah said in the letter.

The opposition leader asked the prime minister to direct the quarters concerned to review such discriminatory decisions.

According to the list of PAS officers superseded at the meeting included Iqbal Bablani, Mukhtar Ahmed Soomro, Ahmed Bux Narejo, Hashim Raza Zaidi, Ali Mumtaz, Shams Soomro, Iqbal Durrani and Dr Fazalullah Pechuho.