ISLAMABAD - The unprecedented postponement of recruitments in the Islamabad police raises serious questions about the efficiency of the Interior Ministry as the fate of 485 constables and 111 ASIs who were recruited, is still hanging in the balance as some high-ups of the Ministry are allegedly trying to replace them with their dear ones. On the one hand, the Islamabad police has been facing great hardships to overcome the shortage of its force, particularly in the current security scenario; and has had to recruit some 400 ex-Army men on contract and acquire the service of 180 constable from the AJK Police on deputation to fulfil shortage. On the other hand, the Interior Ministry despite issuing NOC for recruitment has twice suspended the recruitments. Last time it suspended the process at a stage where Islamabad police had completed the recruitment process. This postponement is not only creating frustration among the recruited persons but has also become a source of embarrassment for the incumbent govt. According to sources, some high-ups of the Interior Ministry had wanted to adjust their favourites, but the recruitment committee paid no heed to their demand and fulfilled all requirements in a transparent manner on the basis of merit. Reliable sources said these high ups demanded from the Islamabad police the adjustment of 212 of their people - otherwise these vacancies would continue to lie vacant for a long time. It may be recalled here that approximately more than 70 thousands applications were received against the aforementioned posts. The Committee had finalised a list of recruited persons but it was not released on the direction of the Interior Ministry. Some of the recruited persons who were interviewed by this correspondent demanded of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice against what they said was a grave injustice to them. They said that those who were responsible for postponement in recruitment are now expressing the lame excuse that the provincial quote was not observed in the recruitment process.