LAHORE  - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Friday disposing of a petition against recruitment process for the post of director (research & publication) in Punjab Assembly ordered to hold test and interview again.

The court observed that if suitable candidates was not available for the post then the post should be filled through the Public Service Commission.

The petition was filed by Amir Liaqat Chatta submitting that the Punjab Assembly advertised for recruitment of Director (research & publication) on February 24, 2012.

The petitioner said he also applied for the post being eligible but he was not invited for written test. He alleged that the respondents engineered process of recruitment with malafide intentions to recruit a favourite person who was close to the speaker.

The petitioner pleaded to set aside the recruitment process and respondents be directed to recruit through public service commission.

The chief justice after hearing arguments disposed of the petition and ordered to hold test and interview again.

Province plea: The Lahore High Court on Friday adjourning hearing of the petitions against proposed Bahawalpur Junoobi Punjab province until April 2, sought National Assembly resolution passed on July 2012 regarding new provinces.

Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan was hearing the petitions filed by Advocate Munsif Awan and others.

Earlier, Deputy Attorney General Nasim Kashmiri appeared before the court and submitted that National Assembly would complete its term by tomorrow and no amendment could be made in the Constitution regarding new provinces now.

He contended that the petitions had become infractuous therefore, these should be dismissed.

However, the petitioner's counsel pointed out the commission, its rules and report regarding formation of new provinces were challenged through the petition.

He submitted that the petition could be withdrawn if the government made statement before the court that commission report would not be implemented.

However, the DAG submitted that such a statement could not be given without seeking instructions.

Petitioner's counsel contended that the speaker did not have authority to form a commission but the NA speaker exceeded beyond her powers and formed a commission allowing it to amend rules.

The DAG contended that the commission was formed as per law and National Assembly allowed it on July 11.

But, petitioner's counsel opposed DAG contentions saying no resolution was passed by the National Assembly.

The court adjourned further hearing till April 2 after the DAG sought time.

The petitioners, in their petition, submitted that the president, prime minister and speaker National Assembly did not have authority to form a parliamentary commission regarding provinces issue.

They said only parliament could change boundary of a province but it was necessary to first amend Article 1 of the constitution. The petitioners said that parliamentary committee in its recommendations had included the name of Mianwali district into the proposed province which was not acceptable to people of the district.

They pleaded the court to set aside the commission report after declaring it against the Constitution and law.