The Punjab government has nearly banned ex-Pakistan leave for the officers who wanted to leave the country on short notice, TheNation has learnt.

Sources in the Services and General Administration department said as per the circular the officers who wanted to avail the facility would have to undergo a tough mechanism much earlier to leave the country.

As per the document, the nod of competent authority would be required and a complete procedure will be followed in this regard.

An officer conditioning anonymity said that the complicated and time consuming procedure meant ban on availing ex-Pakistan leave. The government should not deprive the officers of their due right to avail facilities provided in the law, he continued.

An officer in the S&GAD however said that the officers wanting leave used to inform the department on short notice that created complexities as the government faces severe shortage of officers.

He said that government wanted the officers follow the policy before leaving the country to ensure smooth flow of business of the state.

Another officer said that some of the officers wanted to avail ex-Pakistan leave as they were not at good terms with the present government in Punjab and centre.

The government by imposing bans and putting restrictions on places wanted to discourage them and thus creating resentment among the ranks, he held.–Javed Iqbal