Good governance impossible without merit: CJP


Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that if promotions, deputations and transfers were not made on merit, there could not be good governance in the country and the dream of its prosperity and development could not be achieved.

He passed the remarks on Friday during the hearing in case pertaining illegal promotions, deputations and transfers of grade 20 and 21 officers.

The case was heard by a three-judge bench comprising the CJP, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed.

The chief justice remarked that the bureaucracy could not flourish without promoting merit.

He maintained that the previous government awarded officers by giving them undue promotions which resulted in harming the basic structure of the government. Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry remarked that the previous government created seats for 37 officers on March 11, while there was no such seat for them.

The chief justice maintained that there should be a clear cut procedure for the appointment and promotions on the higher scales.

The Supreme Court later reserved its judgment in the case.

The three-judge bench was told by the additional attorney general that a new board would be formed to review appointments.

The chief justice remarked that the selection boards were not to be formed again and again. “In fact, there should be an objective criteria for promotions of officials into higher grade,” he said.

The chief justice said bureaucracy had an important role in ensuring good governance, adding that free and fair procedure should be adopted for hiring and posting of officials.


  1. Yes, Mr CJ. So please direct the government to post Mr Orya Maqbool Jan, an eminent intellectual, as secretary information, so that free media is ensure.

  2. Mr, CJ, If merit would have been the rule of the game, you would have been Allaka Magistrate at the most. Please do not lecture me on ethics and morality. My standards are much higher than your self-made (none of which apply to your family members).

  3. Good governance is impossible without merit in Presidential System,like in United States.
    In Parliamentary System,like in Pakistan,governance is not based in merit,it is based on the popularity of an indivitual within his area.This is the root cause of our problems.

  4. Mr. CJ, please understand that No country can survive without Justice. Merits and governance come later.

  5. Reform bureaucracy and most of the problems people are facing now including energy crisis, unemployment, inflation, corruption and law and order would be solved. But who will bell the cat, not politicians.

  6. Nobody knows this better than the CJP himself. His own son, without merit, got into med school, got a job with police and then got promoted to FIA quicker than a New york minute. Look at what he ended up with. Made billions illegally and got away with it. Why? Because he was the CJP's son. If there was merit involved he would never even had gotten into the med school. SWhen CJ talks about merit, he is talking from first hand experience. If there was merit involved in his own job, he probably would have never gone further than a megistrate. Stupid kana.

  7. The CJP has the knack of stating the painfully obvious. What does that say about us as a nation that he needs to say it?

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