LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Monday barred the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) from recruiting 52 district monitoring and evaluation officers.

Justice Farrukh Irfan Khan issued the order on an application attached to an already pending petition against 126 recruitments to the foundation.

Muhammad Qadeer Aslam, a local citizen, had moved the petition through Advocate Shoaib Saleem, submitting that recruitments were being made in violation of the Recruitment Policy, 2004. 

He pointed out that in his main petition he had questioned appointment of 126 district and monitoring evaluation assistants for being in violation of Recruitment Policy 2004 but during pendency of the petition the Punjab Education Foundation advertised another 52 posts for the same positions.  The counsel submitted that 126 officers who were appointed by the foundation were former military men and not a single civilian had either been shortlisted or called for interview. The foundation blatantly violated the Recruitment Policy 2004 by recruiting only ex-servicemen without any merit and justification. He said the recent ad for 54 posts was a political stunt before the general elections and was a clear evidence of favouritism and nepotism, the counsel said. He said that PEF didn’t display any merit list.  He asked the court to set aside the appointments made in violation of the recruitment policy. After hearing initial arguments of the petitioner’s counsel, Justice Khan stayed appointments of 52 district and monitoring evaluation officers till further orders. The judge also sought reply from the respondents and adjourned the hearing until Feb 2.

debate contest

The three-day Intercollegiate All Female Debating Championship concluded at Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Medical & Dental College on Monday.

Teams from different educational institutions from across the country, including Kinnaird College for Women University, Forman Christian College, Ameer-ud-Din Medical College, SIMS, Government College University, Lahore Alma and Fatima Jinnah Medical University, participated in the event. The Kinnaird College for Women University won the championship and the Government College University was runner up. Chairman and Dean of SZMC Prof Farid Ahmad Khan gave away trophies to the winner and runner up teams.  Addressing the concluding ceremony, he expressed the hope that such events would help give a voice to working women and ultimately help put the country on the path of development and progress.