ISLAMABAD  - Federal Services Tribunal in an appeal, against quota allocation for ex-cadre/private sector people in the press sections of Pakistan’s missions abroad, yesterday directed to stop forthwith the implementation of this quota.

The court remarked that this is violation of the clear judgments of the Supreme Court as non-cadre persons cannot be posted against the cadre posts of any group.

The Director General External Publicity Wing, representing the Ministry of Information Broadcasting and National Heritage assured the court that Ministry is not currently carrying out any process to implement the controversial quota for ex-cadre persons.

It may be mentioned that 20% quota was fixed for posting of ex-cadre/private sector persons as Press Counsellors/ Ministers in Pakistan’s Missions abroad, through an impugned Office Memorandum no 1190/SPM/2014 Dated 09th July 2014. He further assured the tribunal that if and whenever these postings are finalized only information group officers will be considered for these postings. The Lawyer for Information Group officers informed the Tribunal that Ministry is conducting the selection procedure for Press Officers in a haphazard manner without formulating appropriate criteria following the set Rules. The court on the guarantee of the Director General, ordered to issue notices to all concerned including Establishment Division for appearing in the case on 26th April 2016 so that violation of the Supreme Court judgment must be stopped at the earliest.