Employees regularisation case: IHC adjourns hearing till Feb 24

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  • Justice Minallah remarks, if regularisation policy of 2011 was wrong then over 0.1 million employees will go home

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday rejected the written reply in employees regularisation case and adjourned the hearing till February 24.

Justice Athar Minallah of the IHC heard the case, filed by several daily wages employees of the federal government through counsel.

The bench observed that no relevant answer of any question was given by the respondents in joint reply submitted to the court. Justice Athar Minallah said that the replies by secretary establishment and cabinet division are unsatisfactory, and remarked that if the government is unaware of the present policy then the court may call PM’s principal secretary in person.

Justice Minallah also said that it is the policy under which more than 0.1million people were regularised since 2011. If the regularisation policy of 2011 was wrong, then 0.1m employees will have to be dismissed, he added.

Furthermore, the court has formed a team of three senior advocates, namely Advocate Abdul Rahim Bhatti, Hafiz SA Rehman, and Shoaib Shaheen to make a report on the matter and submit it to the court.