ISLAMABAD  - The Islamabad High Court Thursday set aside a notification of the Election Commission of Pakistan banning the development work, recruitments and postings in the government departments.

A divisional bench (DB) of the IHC comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb conducted hearing of the petition and nullified the ECP’s notification dated April 11.

The federation moved the petition through secretaries of Ministry of parliamentary affairs and ministry of planning, development and reforms and cited Secretary ECP as respondent.

It was adopted in the petition that the ECP through issuance of a notification dated April 11 imposed a ban on all kinds of recruitments in any ministry, department, division or institution of the federal government or any other department of provincial and local government.

“Further, the said notification has put at halt all development schemes, which have already been approved with effect from first April, 2018 like, health, education, installation of gas pipelines, supply of electricity, roads, carpeting, water supply schemes etc with the effect that any of such schemes shall not be executed by the federal, provincial or local governments’ authorities,” it added.

The petition contended that the ECP is responsible to conduct election honestly, justly, fairly and in accordance with law, thus imposing the ban on all kinds of recruitments is illegal without jurisdiction void ab initio.

Therefore, it was prayed that in view of the above submissions, it is most respectfully prayed that the said ECP notification may be declared illegal because it is issued without lawful authority and of no legal effect.