islamabad - The Islamabad High Court Thursday directed the Ministry of Climate Change and Narcotics Control Division not to make fresh appointments and advertisements if published in this regard are suspended till next date of the hearing in this matter.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayai issued these directions in three petitions of 25 contractual employees from the Ministry of Climate Change and Narcotics Control Division seeking regularisation of their services.

Besides this, the IHC bench also issued notices to the respondents and deferred the hearing in this matter.

In their petition, the petitioners moved the court through their counsel Raja Saif-ur-Rehman Advocate and cited federation of Pakistan through secretary establishment, secretary cabinet division, secretary ministry of climate change, ministry of narcotics force through secretary narcotics control division and secretary ministry of finance as respondents.

Petitioners maintained before the court that they were appointed against grade 17, 18 and 19 in similar projects. In 2011, cabinet sub-committee for regularisation was formed and respective departments were offered to send the names of those employees, who had completed one year service against contract or daily wage services.

They added that the names of petitioners were sent to the committee for regularisation by their department since they fulfill the required criteria of the committee by all means. The cabinet sub-committee on March 13, 2013 ordered regularisation of their services.

They continued that the order of the committee was not implemented by the respondent departments in its true letter and spirit, therefore, one Abdul Hye Agha filed a petition in the IHC, which was allowed. Even though he was not regularised and then he filed a contempt of court petition. Hearing in contempt of court petition, an IHC bench passed strict directions on July 6, 2015 and consequently the service of Agha was regularised.

Raja Saif argued that these petitions were filed on the same ground.

Petitioner prayed to the court to treat them in the same manner as has been done in the case of their colleague Agha and directions may be issued to the respondents for issuance of notification of regularisation of the present petitioners.