ISLAMABAD -  A constitutional petition was filed in the Supreme Court Thursday against deputing elementary schoolteachers at elections and anti-polio campaigns.

A lawyer Saimul Haq Sathi filed the petition under the article 184(3), making respondents the federal government, through health and education secretaries and the ECP. The petitioner made a request to the court to issue directives to the respondents to withdraw the policy, notification or order assigning elementary schoolteachers to perform additional duties such as election staff and anti-polio vaccinators. These activities have not only creating troubles for teachers but also affecting schoolchildren, the court heard.

In India, the judiciary had reviewed such policies or notifications, the petition said, adding that the required legislation be expeditiously made keeping in view the articles 25(a), 19(a), like the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

He requested the court to take action against the respondents, who deprived the elementary schoolteachers of their rights and penalise those teachers who refused to perform duties in elections and many vaccination campaigns. He prayed that respondents be directed to employ, depute or recruit their own independent staff for such activities. Separately, the Lahore High Court allowed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to appoint its three members, Finance, Technical and Compliance & Enforcement, through a fresh advertisement.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial allowed this after modifying earlier court orders passed on March 8 and July 17, staying the appointments until October 2.

The court was hearing civil miscellaneous application filed in already pending petition moved by Amjad Nadim Alvi who had challenged the appointments and vires and validity of the Members (Appointment and Qualification) Rules, 2013.

Earlier, the court was informed that the federal government had cancelled the impugned public advertisement released on June 14. The points raised by the petitioner had already been adopted by the federal government and accordingly the process of recruitment to the posts would be undertaken fairly and transparently, the court heard.

The court recorded the statement and allowed the respondents to proceed with the appointment Member Finance, Member Technical and Member Compliance & Enforcement through a fresh advertisement in accordance with the rules and regulations. These appointments made shall nevertheless be subject to the final outcome of this petition, the court order explained. The matter will be taken up on October 2 along with the main case.

SMIU Foundation Day

Sindh Madressatul Islam University (SMIU) is organizing a 3- Day Celebrations of Sindh Madressatul Islam to mark its 128th Foundation Day, from August 30 to 1st September 2013 at its premises.

SMI University’s all departments shall organize an opening ceremony of the Foundation Day on the subject of “Past, Present and Future of Sindh Madressatul Islam” on Friday, August 30 at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium of SMIU. Dr Muhammad Ali Shaikh, Vice Chancellor of SMIU shall preside. The students of the university shall deliver their speeches on various aspects of SMI including history of SMI, impediments faced by Khan Bahadur Hassanally Effendi during SMI’s early years, personality of illustrious student of SMI – Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, architecture of SMI, role of Sindh Madressah in imparting education to the students of rural areas of Sindh, a story of romance with SMI, SMIU from an average Pakistani’s view and elevation of SMI to the level of university.