CJP pe­nalises Pun­jab govt for 'dis­crim­i­na­tion against women'

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LA­HORE: The Supreme Court on Tues­day im­posed a Rs50,000 fine on AIG Counter-Ter­ror­ism Depart­ment (CTD) Pun­jab for in­ter­fer­ing in a La­hore High Court (LHC) or­der to re­cruit women on open merit. The Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar also slapped a Rs25,000 fine on the Pun­jab gov­ern­ment for "dis­crim­i­na­tion against women".

Last year, the LHC had or­dered CTD Pun­jab to ap­point women on open merit in­stead of se­lec­tion based on quota sys­tem. The or­der was passed on a pe­ti­tion filed by 200 women who ac­cused CTD Pun­jab of mis­lead­ing can­di­dates by fail­ing to spec­ify that fe­male can­di­dates will be se­lected through quota sys­tem.

In their pe­ti­tion, the fe­male can­di­dates said that the CTD Pun­jab had ad­ver­tised 1,500 posts of cor­po­rals in 2013. At the time, no spe­cial quota was al­lo­cated for women as per the ad­ver­tise­ment and all the pe­ti­tion­ers ap­plied for the posts on open merit were se­lected. How­ever, the depart­ment later an­nounced a five per cent quota for women and ap­pointed 75 of the suc­cess­ful fe­male can­di­dates. CTD Pun­jab had filed an ap­peal against the LHC de­ci­sion in the SC, ar­gu­ing that the depart­ment had sep­a­rate re­cruit­ment cri­te­ria for men and women. How­ever the CJP Mian Saqib Nisar turned down the ap­peal, say­ing that women have the right to ap­ply through open-merit sys­tem. "[The court] will not al­low dis­crim­i­na­tion against women," the CJP warned.

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