Islamabad - Hundreds of aspirants were recalled for the same tests they had taken before for filling various vacant posts announced by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights after tests were cancelled due to various discrepancies.  

The Development Wing of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights had advertised 20 posts of BS-1 to BS-19 on January 1, 2015 under the project titled “Strengthening of Institutional Capacity of Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights”.

The Development Wing of the ministry had conducted tests in March that lasted for three days wherein more than nearly 800 aspirants had appeared from various cities. But in May, the Wing cancelled the tests, asking the applicants to reappear raising suspicions and troubling the applicants who drove miles to reach the centre. On Saturday, when heat wave was hitting its peak, the Wing arranged the tests of all posts but this time on the same day. “At first, I thought I was short listed for an interview or another test,” remarked Aisha who sat in the test of Assistant (BS-14) post.  “But when I talked to my friends they were also sent the same letters,” she added. She said that she talked to the concerned officials about the issue who also confirmed that the tests were cancelled but refused to share the reasons.

Spokesperson for Law Ministry Khashih-ur-Rehman when contacted replied, “I am not aware of this issue. I can only get back to you after checking with concerned officials by Monday.” Naila Qureshi, Senior Joint Secretary, who is looking after Development Wing, also did not return calls of The Nation seeking comment in time for publication.

But an official on condition of anonymity shared that the question papers were not up to the standards. “Questions were irrelevant and not in accordance with the positions,” he informed. They said that owing to various complaints, the ministry cancelled the tests.

Another official said due to various discrepancies and mala fide intentions in the process the high-ups decided to hold the tests afresh.  

“This time the test papers were quite better but they should have handled it carefully before,” he added.

He went on to say that the ministry should not conduct such tests itself instead candidates should be selected by the National Testing Service or any other third party.  Though, hundreds of applicants turned up this time too for the test, yet

the anger and mistrust among them was palpable.

“They (the officials) have already made up their mind as to whom they are going to select. This whole exercise is just to fulfill formalities and to befool the general public,” remarked, Raza, 29, after taking test for Director (Development BS-19). “I have been taking such tests of other ministries and organisations but did not get a call letter because I do not have any strong reference or connections in power corridors,” he regretted.  “Last time I had wasted my two days for the tests as I had applied for two posts,” complained Shaista Majeed who had come from Taxila for the test.  “People working here need to understand that they are not only wasting our time but also playing with the future and hard earned money of the aspirants as well,” she added