LAHORE - Two fire-fighters, who served in the Pakistan Navy and Punjab Rangers for 14 years before joining the Rescue-1122 mainly because of its life-saving concept, have accused the management of discrimination. They said they filed complaints and lodged protests against the managements negative attitude, but to no avail. Supporting claims by Waheed Akhtar and Faheem Ahmed Khanzada, the insiders told this paper that the victims were asked by the top boss to trim their beards, and were posted to a remote area over their refusal to obey his orders. According to diary Nos 7,000 and 7,001, registered with the Secretary of the Home Department, Government of Punjab, the fire-fighters were transferred from Lahore Emergency Service Academy to Dera Ghazi Khan. Waheed Akhtar (Lead Fire Fighter) had joined the Navy back in 1997 and left it in 2006. He also did specialization in aircraft fire-fighting by the Pakistan Air Force and was deputed at PNS Mehran Base, which was recently targeted by the terrorists. Waheeds application, submitted with the Home Secretary, stated: It is unfortunate that the appellant was always discouraged to keep [long] beard. According to the application, the victim, who was removed from his job, was restored through the order of the Home Secretary on January 1, 2011. The other victim, Rescue Drill Instructor Faheem Khanzada, who served for five years in the Punjab Rangers, was also subjected to unfair treatment. He, too, was transferred to Dera Ghazi Khan on May 26, 2011 apparently to help the flood victims. Interestingly, both the employees did not know how to swim and were never trained for this kind of operation. Some other rescuers were the right choice for such operations, but they were not sent to the flood-hit area, the insiders revealed on the condition of anonymity. Talking to this paper Rescue 1122 DG Dr Rizwan Naseer said: I have always urged the rescuers to remain neat and clean, and give a look of moderate Muslims. He said that during a question- and answer-session on the floor of the Punjab Assembly, he had clarified that he was not against supporting beard but one should give a good, clean look. Meanwhile, Head of Public Relations Department of the Rescue-1122, Roqiya Bano, also rejected the allegations levelled by the rescuers. If what they are saying is right then no rescuer should be found supporting a beard. But, sadly, that is not the situation. She, however, said that the DG has the powers to transfer anyone. According to an order issued by the Civil Department on June 28, 2010, the Chief Minister had imposed a ban on the transfer of employees between the BS 01 and 15, it may be noted.