SHC gives 4 months to send back deputation-based employees from NH&MP

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday gave four months to Additional Attorney General (AAG) to send back the officers inducted in National Highway & Motorway Police (NH&MP) on deputation basis.

SHC was hearing a petition filed by Zulfiqar Ahmed Seehar, Akmal Hussain and Hosh Mohammad who took secretary establishment, ministry of communication, Inspector General and Additional Inspector General of NH&MP to the court. The petitioners had requested the court to direct the respondents to send back the officers inducted in NH&MP on deputation basis from different provinces.

On Tuesday’s hearing AAG filed compliance report regarding the details of induction of officers in department of NH&MP. According to the report, 527 uniformed officers were absorbed in the department, out of these 468 officers were still serving before APT Rules 2007.

AAG submitted that maximum number of officers has completed their term of deputation and they are to be sent back to their parent departments of their provinces. He requested the court to give period of six months for the return of these officers and their replacement with fresh officers.

The learned counsel raised no objection but requested the court to give short time to the relevant authority for this purpose. However, AAG argued that it is not possible to send back all the officers in short time as NH&MP already facing shortage of the officials.

The court gave four months for return of the officers to their provinces and directed to produce progress report within four months. It expected that relevant provinces would cooperate in this regard. “Cooperation extended by the provinces should be highlighted in the report”, the court directed.