LAHORE – The Lahore High Court has been requested through a petition to initiate contempt proceedings against the prime minister and other members of Council of Common Interest for failing to act upon the LHC judgment regarding construction of Kalabagh Dam.

Muhammad Suleman Khan, Sindh Tas Water Council president, said in the petition that the LHC on November 29, 2012 had directed federal government to take steps for implementation decision of the CCI for constricting the same under article 154 of the constitution. Instead of acting on court directions or filing an appeal against the order, the federal government was hell-bent to disobey the order as different leaders of PPP had issued statements against construction of the dam after the verdict, the petitioner pointed out.  He requested the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings and issue show cause notices for punishing the respondents accordingly.

The petitioner has made respondents to prime minister and chairman of CCI Raja Parvaiz Ashraf, Punjab chief minister and member CCI Shahbaz Sharif, CM Sindh and member CCI Qaim Ali Shah, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa CM and member of CCI Amir Haider Khan Hoti, former Sindh CM and former member CCI Nawab Aslam Raisani, federal secretary water and power ministry Sikandar Ahmed Rai and Chairman Wapda Syed Raghab Abbas Shah.

Separately, Archives Secretary Orya Maqbool Jan approached the Supreme Court through a petition seeking promotion from BPS 20 to 21.

He said only those bureaucrats were promoted who had allegiance to the ruling political parties which was sheer violation of merit and a hindrance in the way of free and fair election. The petitioner stated he joined the Central Superior Services in Pakistan Administrative Service on 18th October, 1984. He said he had served in Sindh and Balochistan and his performance Evaluation reports returned with as “very good” officer throughout the career.

He said for the purpose his promotion and that of other officers from grade 20 to 21, a selection board was held on March 10, 2011. He said being eligible to be promoted he was superseded without assigning any reason.

He said again for the purpose of promotion of the petitioner and others from Grade 20 to 21, second board was held on 14 February, 2013, the petitioner was deferred and asked to submit the ACR for the year 2012 which he submitted but the board in his February 27th session denied promotion to him.  He requested the court to summon record of CSB to assess the promotions made in hurry and on political exigencies, where a number officers having political clout and tilt had been promoted.

He further requested the CSB be asked to outline an objective criterion for promotion to make the civil service rewarding for honest officers and free from political pressures.