Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday stayed the recruitments in the federal capital police through National Testing Service (NTS).

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah also served notices on the ministry of interior and directed it to submit reply. The court further observed that the reply must be submitted till next date of hearing and in case it is not submitted, the bench can direct secretary ministry of interior to appear before it in person.

During the hearing, Justice Athar observed that with Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) in place, how a private institution could hold test for recruitments in the government sector organizations. The IHC bench observed that this is public interest litigation where important legal points have been raised. The court will adjudicate in this matter after listening from all sides.

A petitioner Kazim Abbas through his counsel Syed Muhammad Tayyab Advocate had filed a petition before the IHC against recruitments of constables and assistant sub-inspector in Islamabad police through NTS test. The counsel for the petitioner contended before the court that it is beyond comprehension how a private firm can hold tests for recruitments in the government sector organisations.

For every single employment opportunity thousands of candidates submit applications and NTS charge them with Rs 650 on account of fee. “Moreover with public service commission in place what is the legal value of NTS,” petitioner’s counsel adopted before the court.

The counsel for NTS maintained before the court that they held test following instructions of interior ministry.

Later, the court issued stay orders and adjourned the hearing with date in office.