ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court of Pakistan yesterday barred the Sindh Public Service Commission from making further appointments till the final decision on the eligibility of the appointment of the chairman and members of the commission.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, conducted hearing of a suo motu case regarding the eligibility of the chairman and members of SPSC.

The chief justice had taken suo motu notice in a matter related to the eligibility of the chairman and members of SPSC on an application filed by Muhammad Junaid Farooqui advocate of Sindh High Court against the composition of the commission, eligibility of its chairman and members.

On September 28 the chief justice directed SPSC Chairman Muhammad Saleem Bhounr and its members to submit their concise statement in this matter.

In pursuance of the court’s earlier orders, a concise statement was submitted on behalf of the chairman and its members.

During the hearing, Sindh Additional Advocate General Barrister Zameer Ghumro submitted before the court that recruitment of some doctors was in progress through the commission and if it was stopped from making further appointments, the system would collapse.

However, the court observed it would not allow functioning of the SPSC until the final decision of the matter of eligibility of the chairman and its members.

Farooq H Naiek, counsel for the SPSC chairman and its members, also appeared before the court and argued that Muhammad Saleem Bhounr was eligible for the slot of the chairman as he had served on different government posts.

In the statement, submitted on behalf of the chairman and members of the commission, it was contended that the allegations were misleading, frivolous and based on mala fide.

The court was told that Muhammad Saleem Bhounr had held various posts in Foreign Service besides holding office in Pakistan for more than 20 years, including five years in BPS-20.

It was further mentioned that his last posting was as ambassador to Switzerland. It was also contended that there were no allegations of misconduct or physical and mental incapacity against the chairman and members of the commission.

However, the apex court restrained the commission from making further recruitments till the final decision of the instant suo motu notice and deferred the hearing till November 3 for further proceedings.