Rawalpindi - The Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi bench, on Friday directed chief secretary Punjab to bar provincial ministry of labour and manpower from interference into the internal affairs of education ministry.

The court also directed the chief secretary to hold an inquiry into the complaint of a female headmistress of a government-run school at Afandi Colony and remove her apprehensions.

Justice Masood Abid Naqvi issued these directions while disposing of a writ petition filed by Amira Rafique, headmistress of Government Elementary School Afandi Colony, who had made respondents to Provincial Minister for Labour and Manpower Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Punjab Education Secretary Abdul Jabbar Shaheen and Executive District Officer (EDO) Qazi Zahoor ul Haq.

Earlier, Headmistress Amira Raffique had filed petition with LHC through her lawyer Syed Yousaf Khan Advocate. Arguing before the court, Syed Yousaf said that her client was serving as headmistress in a government-run school where she implemented strict rules and regulations to improve teachers’ performance.

In this regard, his client issued several show cause notices to female teachers, the lawyer said.

The female teachers lodged a written complaint with Provincial Minister for Labour and Manpower Raja Ashfaq Sarwar against the headmistress, who forwarded it to secretary education Punjab, asking him to take stern action against the lady and her husband, who was serving as senior clerk in EDO (education) Office Rawalpindi.

The lawyer added that the secretary education directed the EDO to hold an inquiry against the couple and submit a report within three days. On this the court replied that it was a service matter and should be solved as per law. The lawyer told the court that the headmistress and her husband were being politically victimized without any valid reason; therefore, the court should provide the couple with justice.

He added that a minister of labor and manpower was interfering into internal matters of education ministry which was illegal.