NACTA reply sought on plea challenging recruitment test result

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NACTA reply sought on plea challenging recruitment test result

February 22, 2018

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday sought comments from ministry of interior and National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) on a petition challenging the result for recruitment in NACTA.

A division bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan was hearing a petition of a citizen, Mohammad Shoaib, assailing the NACTA for not considering even a single candidate out of thousands for the post of assistant private secretary in the department.

The petitioner through his lawyer Advocate Nadeem Shaikh submitted that the NACTA had issued an advertisement, asking the candidates to download the application form along with deposit slip and to pay the prescribed fee of Rs.300 each.

Shoaib said following all the instructions and after completing all the formalities, he had applied for the post of assistant private secretary (BPS-16) and appeared in the PTS examination.

Advocate Shaikh argued that his client was confident that he would clear the examination but in the result that was announced after much delay, he got shocked to see that the NACTA had mentioned that no one including the petitioner qualify the criteria set by the establishment division for assistant private secretary post.

Shoaib informed the judges that he had served legal notice to NACTA director but did not get reply and in the meantime, new advertisement for the above said post was issued.

The petitioner reminded that from all over Pakistan, thousands of candidates applied for the above mentioned post but the authorities claimed that none of them qualified the criteria set by the establishment division. He added that now the result was also removed from the website which was clear enough to prove the malafide intentions.

Shoaib said that the total strength of NACTA was 811 while only 137 persons were employed at the time of filing the petition. “It seems that the NACTA published the said advertisement to usurp amounts from the innocent citizens of Pakistan and make joke with them,” he lamented.

The petitioner prayed to the court to direct the NACTA to make appointments purely on merit. The court was further requested to direct the interior ministry to inquire the matter and submit its report within prescribed time limit.

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