Of­fi­cers or trade union­ists?

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -


This is apro­pos of the PCS of­fi­cers’ sit-in at the Civil Sec­re­tar­iat. I am at a loss to fathom the strange things hap­pen­ing with con­sis­tent reg­u­lar­ity in our coun­try. For ex­am­ple, the NAB di­rec­tor gen­eral ad­mit­ted a few months ago to Rs12 bil­lion of the coun­try’s money be­ing lost to cor­rup­tion on a daily ba­sis.

More re­cently, around Rs1 bil­lion in cash in var­i­ous cur­ren­cies were re­cov­ered from the house of the Balochis­tan finance sec­re­tary and an­other sig­nif­i­cant among of cash and gold was seized from a bak­ery in Quetta. As if th­ese events were not sig­nif­i­cant enough, PCS of­fi­cers of the Khy­ber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) govern­ment (Grade 17 to Grade 20) have gone on a strike. This is the first time in the his­tory of Pak­istan that se­nior of­fi­cers have gone on strike for more than 20 days.

Dur­ing the strike, the of­fi­cers in­volved va­cated their of­fices (and by do­ing so, re­fused to ac­knowl­edge their duty to the pub­lic), and as­sem­bled in the govern­ment sec­re­tar­iat, shout­ing slo­gans as if they were a part of a labour union of a fac­tory or some other com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion. This ac­tion is il­le­gal as th­ese of­fi­cers can­not form a union or go on strike. The is­sue has a very sim­ple so­lu­tion; the pro­vin­cial govern­ment of K-P should take ac­tion against the of­fi­cers in­volved in the strike. In­stead, the pro­vin­cial govern­ment has cho­sen to be a pas­sive spec­ta­tor while the drama un­folds. This in­ci­dent has re­sulted in hu­mil­i­a­tion for K-P.

One of the pri­mary de­mands of th­ese PCS of­fi­cers was that CSP or DMG of­fi­cers should not be posted to the province. What a ridicu­lous de­mand is this that the cream of the na­tion should all be de­nied post­ings to the province and hence, should be pooled in Is­lam­abad, the cap­i­tal city. K-P would suf­fer a lot should this ever come to fruition. The pro­vin­cial govern­ment, through its pas­sive spec­ta­tor ap­proach, has al­lowed this sit­u­a­tion to worsen. The day is not far when th­ese of­fi­cers on strike will mutiny against the govern­ment and take charge of posts of their choice by force. — Hay­atabad, Pe­shawar

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