ISLAMABAD - Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday sought comments from the Secretaries of Ministries of Finance, Communication, Establishment Division and Information in a petition moved in the court seeking permanent restriction on filling the higher posts in autonomous regulatory bodies, public sector corporations or enterprises in future by the coming government.The IHC judge Justice Riaz Ahmad issued these directions in a petition filed by advocate Faisal Iqbal Khan who made Federation of Pakistan through Secretaries of Ministries of Finance, Communication, Establishment Division and Information as respondents.In the petition, he referred to Rs1800 billion corruption in different government departments due to blatant abuse of executive power during the five years tenure of previous government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)."Because of which there are huge electricity and gas shortage in the country and state corporations like PSM, PIA etc are virtually bankrupt," he maintained. The petitioner expressed his deep concerns over the state of affairs in the country where incompetent, unfit and corrupt persons are deliberately placed in top regulatory, government corporations and authorities. He stated that during the recent years, the federal government has made a number of appointments in the autonomous regulatory bodies and government-owned organisations, corporations, companies and authorities from outside/market in which no transparent, fair, merit-based appointment procedure were followed. These bodies include Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra); Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP); National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra); State Bank of Pakistan (SBP); National Bank of Pakistan (NBP); Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra); Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA); Federal Board of Revenue (FBR); Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP); Pakistan International Airlines (PIA); Pakistan Railways (PakRail); Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM); Capital Development Authority (CDA); Karachi Port Trust (KPT); House Building Finance Corporation (HBFC); Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd (ZTBL); NADRA; Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd (SSGCL); Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL); Federal Ombudsman and a lot of other public sector organisations, enterprises, companies, corporations, regulatory bodies etc. He contended that such appointments were made despite the apex court as well as the IHC judgment, which clearly ruled, "All posts of government-owned organisations, corporations, companies and establishments, etc. are required to be filled through competitive, credible, fair, open and transparent process and not on the basis of personal liking or disliking and in violation of merit. The august Supreme Court through different authoritative pronouncements provided guidelines to the issue, following are being relied: i. Tariq Azizuddin Case reported as 2010 SCMR 1301; ii. Anita Turab Case reported as PLD 2013 SC 195; iii. Mohammad Yasin Case reported as PLD 2012 SC 132; and iv; Sh. Riazul Haq in CP No. 53 of 2007 and Hajj Corruption reported as PLD 2011 SC 963. He maintained that the superior courts of Pakistan through various authoritative pronouncements most importantly through the Tauqir Sadiq Case (PLD 2012 SC 132) have laid down the specific criteria and procedure for inductions in the autonomous regulatory bodies, public sector organisations, state-owned corporations, companies and establishments.Therefore, Faisal Iqbal prayed before the court that it may permanently restrain the respondents from filling in future any vacancy in any autonomous regulatory body, public sector corporation or authority or enterprises from outside/market except in accordance with the transparent and competitive induction process and criteria as laid down in Tauqir Sadiq judgement and other judgements of the apex court and this court. He also requested the court to direct them to submit the list of all persons who may be working in autonomous regulatory bodies, public sector corporations or authorities or enterprises including chairman, managing director, head of department, member board of directors, member policy board, president or other important posts etc, and whether they were appointment through a transparent competitive process.He further prayed that the respondents may be directed to immediately commence the process of inductions against the vacant positions strictly in accordance with the laid down process and criteria.