ISLAMABAD - The federal government on Saturday excused from immediately sacking Director General Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Waseem Ahmed and said main rationale for reemploying him revolved around matters of the national security. According to a SC statement, released to media on Saturday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has issued direction to the SC office to place the report before the bench tomorrow (March, 7, 2011) to hear the case, which was earlier scheduled on March 15. The sources informed The Nation that the government had excused from removing DG FIA as the secretary interior asked the committee that Waseem Ahmed was needed in matters concerning to the national security. They said that though in the democratic set up it was the collective responsibility of the government, in this specific case the ministry of interior did not want to remove Waseem Ahmed in order to have full control over the investigative agency. Khuhnood Akhtar Lashari, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, said that the Civil Service Act 1974 defined the removal and appointment of civil servants. He, however, expressed reluctance to talk on the issue, saying the matter of reemployment of the retired officers on contract is a sub judice matter. The court in loud and clear terms had observed that the appointments on contract basis were not allowed to be continued in terms of Section 14 of the Civil Servants Act, 1973, and the Policy unless the conditions specified therein are satisfied. According to the Establishment Divisions reply, submitted with the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister constituted a committee to review all the cases of re-employment also reviewed the case of DG FIA Waseem Ahmed in two successive meetings held on 28th February and 4th March 2011. The report said, Nevertheless in deference to the observations and order of the Supreme Court, Waseems power as DG in three suo moto cases - embezzlement in Pakistan Steel Mills, corruption in National Insurance Corporation, and Haj scam 2010 - have already been taken away from him. In these cases the power of DG have been entrusted to the senior most officers of Sindh and Punjab zones, who have been directed not to report in any manner to the DG about these cases and have also been directed to report directly to the Supreme Court, the report said. The report stated, As the main rationale for reemployment of Waseem Ahmed revolves around matters of national security, the committee was of the view that it was out of its scope to discuss and judge the gravity of the same and, therefore, it would be appropriate for the ministry of interior to make another request to the Supreme Court for a detailed briefing on the subject on the next date of hearing. A six-member bench on March 1, 2011 had directed the government to immediately remove Waseem Ahmed from the position of DG FIA for allegedly interfering into the Haj scam despite restrictions imposed by the apex court two months ago. The short order had stated, More than once it has been observed that incumbent DG FIA, who himself is holding this post on the contract basis, is responsible for not allowing the investigation of the instant case to proceed in a transparent manner. However, despite these observations, no action has been taken against him. The legal experts have the view that the government is committing contempt of court by violating SC order. Article 190 says, All executive and judicial authorities throughout Pakistan shall act in aid of the Supreme Court. President Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir said, I have to see the exact ruling but I am of the view that the court orders must be implemented. Athar Minallah said, Apparently, it seems that the government is not interested in obeying the apex court. He said that the SC had first set the trend by firing its two deputy registrars, who were on contract. He said the political appeasement by reemploying officials after their retirement should be discouraged. Akram Sheikh, senior lawyer, has said that the government was between the Devil and the deep blue sea, therefore, it wanted to worsen situation to put its responsibility on the Supreme Court. It is for the second time that the government had refused to obey the court orders over the post of DG FIA. The interior ministry against the will of Supreme Court had transferred DG FIA Tariq Khosa, who made progress in the Pakistan Steel Mills case. Agencies add: Speaking to media representatives after appearing before Senate Standing Committee on Saturday, FIA DG Waseem Ahmad said he was caught in a conflict between two institutions of the State and that he was considering the option of resigning from his position. He said one institution wanted him removed while the other wanted to keep him. Waseem said he had not yet made a decision but was considering resigning.