IHC dismisses ECP’s ban on recruitment, developmental projects before general elections

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has lifted ban on the recruitment in government institutions on Thursday which was imposed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) before the general elections of 2018.

Justice Aamer Farooq headed Islamabad high court bench and the bench announced the verdict while a hearing a case referred by the Supreme Court. The IHC bench announced the ECP’s April 11 notification as null and void.

Earlier in the last month 24, Supreme Court had given the IHC one week to decide whether the ECP’s decision of banning recruitments in government institutions is legal.

A day earlier, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of the Commision’s order to stop hiring at all federal, provincial and local governments departments to ensure transparency in the upcoming general elections.

The ECP had also halted implementation of all development schemes taken up after April 1.

The court ordered that the Punjab government’s writ petition against the ECP order should be transferred to the IHC where a two-member bench will decide it in a week.


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