LAHORE – The transfers and postings of government servants should not be done on discriminatory basis, Justice Aysha A Malik of Lahore High Court (LHC) observed on Tuesday.

The transfer of the officers in Balochistan should be fair and according to a uniform policy, she warned the government. Issuing an interim stay order, the judge restrained the federal and provincial governments from transferring two superintendents of police (SP) to Balochistan from Punjab. SP Imran Ahmer and Masood Saleem filed the petitions challenging their transfer orders.

The petitioners submitted that they had already served for many years outside Punjab in light of the government policy. But, their transfer orders to Balochistan had been issued again by ignoring the officers who had never left the province.

They pointed out the government had prepared lists of five categories of government officers having different grades for their transfer to Balochistan in view of the recent transfer policy. Of the five categories, their names had come in forth class, and despite the fact their transfer orders had been issued by ignoring the officers fall in initial three categories, the petitioner contended. They submitted that their transfers had been made on discriminatory basis. They requested the court to suspend their transfer orders.

Representing the federal government, a Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Naveed Innayet Malik appeared and told the court the transfers had been made in light of recent transfer policy announced by the prime minister in May.

The court recorded the arguments of both sides and restrained the governments for two weeks only from transferring the both police officers to Balochistan. The court also directed the governments to file detailed reply until October 2.

NOTICE TO NAB: The LHC on Tuesday issued notice to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on a writ petition moved by a main accused of Bank of Punjab (BoP) loan scam seeking action against selling of his assets on throw away prices.

Sheikh Muhammad Afzal, owner of Haris Steel Mills, allegedly involved in the BoP loan scam submitted in his petition that NAB and bank officials were selling his properties on cheap prices which was injustice to him.

He said the authorities concerned had sold his luxury villa in Dubai at Rs500 million, while its original cost was Rs1.5billion.

He also alleged that NAB and bank officials were harassing his son and other family members to pressurise them for sale of worthy assets on cheap prices.

He requested the court to take action against officials concerned involved in selling of his valuable assets at nominal rates. A division bench headed by Justice Sagheer Ahmad Qadri heard initial arguments and sought reply from the respondents within two weeks.

According to NAB Sheikh Muhammad Afzal in connivance with other accused persons including BoP former President Hamesh Khan opened fictitious accounts by their fake documents and obtained loans of approximately Rs9 billion from 2005 to 2007 in violation of the rules.