IHC summons FPSC chairman, secretary establishmentThe Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday directed Chairman Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) and Secretary Establishment Division to appear before the court in person on Thursday (today).

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui issued these orders in a contempt of court application moved by a petitioner Muhammad Usman Qayyum for not allowing him to appear before a board conducting the interviews of successful candidates of Central Superior Services (CSS) written examinations despite the court orders in this regard.

The petitioner Usman Qayyum moved the court and made FPSC, secretary Establishment Division, Principle Secretary to the prime minister, and Prime Minister of Pakistan as respondents.

In the petition, he informed the court that he has unprecedented academic record starting from matriculation uptil graduation from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore while he has a unique distinction of achieving first position in Lahore Board as well as in the 4 years of his degree at UET.

He told that he is also the recipient of 6 gold medals upon his graduation from UET as well as achieving first position and gold medallist at F.Sc. level.

Usman stated that he also achieved first position in the examinations conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission and was placed at serial No 1 in the seniority list of assistant engineers in his batch.–STAFF REPORTER

He continued that in the year 2010, he not only topped the departmental professional examinations required for promotion from SDO to XEN but also achieved the highest marks ever since 1947.

Then the petitioner informed that he applied through proper channel for appearing in the Central Superior Services (CSS) examination for the year 2011 and the written CSS examination was held in February March - 2011 in which he despite overage in the upper age limit by 8 months and 2 days, was allowed by the FPSC for sitting in the written CSS examination.

However, he stated that upon the declaration of the written CSS exam result, to the utter disgust and dismay of the petitioner, it transpired that he has been placed in the list of those candidates whose candidature had been rejected on account of being overage.

Against the decision, he approached FPSC but failed to get any positive response from them. Therefore, he moved the courts and finally, the Supreme Court of Pakistan directed the Prime Minister to decide the matter on merit.

He added that ultimately, Prime Minister allowed the petitioner age relaxation over and above the prescribed upper age limit. These directives of Prime Minister were duly communicated to respondents No 1 and 2 through respondent No 3.

However, no positive action was taken by the FPSC. Then second directives were issued by the PM but FPSC again failed to comply with and 3 further successive directives have been issued but FPSC did not comply with anyone. He prayed to the court that FPSC might be directed to strictly comply with all the directives of the prime minister in this regard.