LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday stopped process for the appointment of an advisor for Pakistan Railways against Rs 500,000 salary per month, with directions to the authorities concerned to submit reply on the next hearing.  
Shahzad Khan, a citizen had filed the petition and submitted that Pakistan Railways advertised grade-22 post of the advisor with a monthly salary of Rs500,000.
He contended that appointments of above grade-16 in federal government were to be made through federal public service commission only. The petitioner said the ministry bypassed the rules and directly advertised the lucrative post while the interviews of the aspirants would be held on November 12.
He prayed the court to stay the appointment process till final decision of the petition.
After hearing initial arguments, Justice Faisal Zaman Khan stayed the process of appointment and directed the ministry concerned to submit reply on the next hearing. The court will resume hearing on Feb 13, 2015.
REPLY SOUGHT FROM ECP
The Lahore High Court Tuesday sought reply from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and heads of Pakistan Muslim League-N, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulama-i-Islam (F) for not holding intra-party elections.
Advocate Gohar Nawaz Sindhu, senior vice president of PTI Lawyers wing-Punjab, had filed the petition submitting that the respondent political parties did not hold intra-party elections and elected their heads through bogus polling. He contended that the parties violated Political Parties Order 2002 by not holding intra-party election.
The petitioner requested the court to restrain Nawaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Maulana Fazlur Rehman from heading their respective parties and direct ECP  not to allocate election symbols to the respondents.
After hearing initial arguments of the petitioner’s counsel, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah of the LHC sought replied from the respondents by December 10.