ISLAMABAD - A fact-finding committee has declared 400 appointments made by former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in grade 16 to 20 in EOBI non-transparent and the worst example of nepotism.

A three-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) led by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali took up the EOBI appointments case for hearing Thursday.

Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali remarked "the way the government jobs were distributed and nepotism was practiced and norms of merit were trampled, stern action be initiated against all those found responsible therein”.

Justice Khilji Arif observed: "If all the institutions work within their stipulated parameters, then no difficulty can be faced. The change which comes from blowing of wind of change causes irreparable loss not only to the institutions but also to the country.”

Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan told the court stance had completely changed as earlier it was declared that the appointments made in EOBI were fair and just. "I have filed fact finding committee report in the court with reference to it", he added.

The learned judges remarked: "This nepotism has ruined the country. Had there been transparency, the institutions would not have been annihilated.”

Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam, counsel for EOBI employees and Syed Mubashar, general secretary EOBI Trade Union while giving arguments said in the court: "Now the EOBI management is admitting its incompetence but no responsibility has been fixed in this report.

The court directed them to obtain report of fact finding committee and file your reply before September, 12 and court will render decision after reviewing them.

Deputy Attorney General Ali Zai told the court with reference to daughter in law of former PM Raja Pervez Ashraf that he had not only resigned but also World Bank has accepted the resignation.

The court while adjourning the haring of the case till September, 12 made it clear that no further adjournment will be allowed.