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From courtroom – PQA job applicants’ petition dismissed

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday dismissed a petition moved by applicants seeking issuance of appointment letters in the Port Qasim Authority (PQA).
The division bench comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Shahid Anwar Bajwa had earlier reserved the judgment on the petition moved by 42 applicants after hearing final arguments from both sides.
The petition was filed by Saleh Muhammad and others through their counsel Abdul Salam Memon pleading the court to order the PQA for issuing their appointment letters. They submitted that they had applied on an advertisement published in newspapers on October 20, 2008 for different vacancies from grade 1 to 15 at Port Qasim, on which they were selected.
The applicants submitted that they were short-listed and selected on merit after fulfilling all the criteria, adding that after they had passed the written test and all other legal formalities, they were issued medical fitness letters from the PNS Shifa on December 21, 2008, which were submitted to the authorities concerned.
Accusing the Ports and Shipping Ministry for annulling their appointments, the petitioners submitted that some 104 applicants were issued appointment letters by the authority, but they were not given the letters on the directives of the said ministry.
Citing federal port and shipping minister, port and shipping secretary and PQA chairman as respondents, the petitioners pleaded the court order that the ministry and authorities concerned should issue the appointment letters.
After the hearing, the petitioners told Pakistan Today that they will challenge the decision in the Supreme Court.
FARMLAND DISTRIBUTION: A constitutional petition was filed in the SHC for designing an appropriate policy for the distribution of agricultural lands among poor peasants in the Sindh province. Filing the petition, Rana Faizul Hassan submitted that the provincial chief minister has initiated a scheme to provide farmlands to poor farmers across the province and on February 3, he had issued directives in this regard to the Sindh Revenue Department to computerise its records of all districts of the province.
Expressing concerns over the possibility of corruption in such a scheme, Hassan stated that due to lack of a transparent policy, the higher officials would discriminate while distributing lands among eligible poor peasants and commit massive corruption. He further stated that various such schemes were launched in the past that also failed, as farmlands were distributed without any check and balance.
Sindh chief minister and chief secretary, Board of Revenue, Lyari Development Authority, Gothabad Scheme and others were cited as respondents in the plea, pleading that the court orders the relevant authorities to introduce a proper policy for distributing lands among deserved people.

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