ISLAMABAD - The federal government Thursday filed an intra-court appeal (ICA) in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against its earlier verdict in which it had declared the recent promotions of some 300 high-level bureaucrats null and void.

The appeal, filed by Additional Attorney General (AAG) Afnan Karim Kundi, stated the IHC bench had no jurisdiction to hear this matter in accordance with the Article 212(2) and that a promotion was no right that a civil servant could seek as it was within the exclusive domain of the executive authority.

The AAG argued that it was the government’s authority to make and review the promotion policy, so it could not be challenged.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui had set aside the promotions of the bureaucrats with the directions to the federal government to revise the promotion policy criteria and reconsider the cases of those deferred in the Central Selection Board (CSB) meeting.

Justice Siddiqui also declared that the entire process carried out by the CSB on the basis of the formula was illegal.

Earlier, some 64 bureaucrats, including Asif Samad, director ISI, Ghani-ur-Rehman Wazir, deputy commandant, Frontier Constabulary, and former Islamabad DIG Aftab Cheema had objected to the CSB recommendations and the formula through which the promotions were awarded, calling it a ‘controversial’ formula introduced by the federal government in 2012. These promotions had been recommended in May.

The government prayed to the court to set aside the order issued against the promotions of hundreds of civil servants. A two-member bench of the IHC would take up this ICA next week.