Elections in Pakistan have always witnessed a question mark due to horse trading ,rigging , bartering and bidding. The recent Senate Elections 2018 were no Exception as The Senate Elections were held in sheer contradiction where many Mainstream Political parties such as PTI, MQM cried Foul play and horse trading in the Elections especially the PPP’s grabbing of Two Senate Seats from KPK on the basis of 6 MPAs was beyond Understanding and opened the Pandora box as how a Party having only 6 MPAs could manage to win two seats from KPK .On the Other hand, MQM-P due to infighting, lost the seats and managed to grab a single seat from Sindh while PML-N swept all the seats from Punjab and Islamabad.
If we go through the current Senate party-wise position, PML-N Leads the House with 34 Senate Seats as one independent candidate announced to join PML-N, followed by PPP and PTI having 20 and 12 Seats each. However, Ten Independent candidates from FATA may play the deciding role for The election of Senate Chairman as PML-N needs 19 More Seats to get his Nominee elected out of 104 seat Upper House.
The PPP and PTI contacts are also reported as both partied contacted the CM Baluchistan for Alliance. The PTI demands Deputy chairman whereas chairman slot is offered to PPP Nominee. But the recent party meet up withdraws the decision as they were of the view that having alliance with either PPP or PML-N would pour water on their long struggle against Corruption and corrupt politicians as Chairman PTI believed that having alliance with PPP may benefit PML-N and other opposition parties including JUI-F who are the strong critics of both parties .
They may launch a public campaign against the party’s vision that those who used to call Zardari (Bemari) The Disease for Sindh now sitting in their ranks and made an alliance with the corrupt party in quest of Power.Suppose , If they make an alliance, they will have 32 seats, they will still require 21 seats to get the Slot of Senate Chairman. Zardari is eying 15 Independent candidates of FATA and Baluchistan, National Party of Baluchistan’s 5 seats, MQM’s 5 Seats, PML-F 1 seat, JI 2 Seats etc. If zardari succeeds in getting the small parties on board then it will give tough time to PML-N. JUI-F has announced to back PMl-N Nominee whereas JI may support PTI as both parties are running a coalition Govt in KP.
PPP has enjoyed the coalition with MQM-P past though this political bonhomie did not last longer owing to the greed of power and resources on the part of MQM and contradictory Separate Province Demands and tirade against Pakistan by self-exiled MQM –london chief Altaf Hussain.
As regards The Senate Elections, they are also reported to be rigged since Billions of Rupees were used to influence and change the loyalties of MNAs and MPAs. Though the ECP has taken the Notice of such gross irregularities, yet No action may likely be taken owing expiry of the Government Term in May 2018.
PML-N may win Chairman Senate Seat Either from its allies or PML-N owing to the consensus on Nominee, while PPP claims to have 60 Seats including FATA senators. But PML-N has not reached the decision of Final Candidate. In this situation, all the parties appear to be divided struggling to find the suitable candidate after refusal and Rejection over the name of Existing Senate Chairman, Senator Raza Rabbani by Zardari Though the recommendation card was played by PML-N former chief Mian Nawaz Shareef. Shareefs are in disarray after disqualification as PM and Party chief altogether.
They have already started anti-Judiciary, NAB and Armed forces agitation campaign are not in the good books of Establishment as well. However, as they enjoy the majority in the upper House, they face less resistance or effort to get their nominee elected.
So far, the PML-N leadership has not been able to finalize their Nominee for Senate Chairman and Deputy Chairman Slots as they are still doing consultation with key allies such as National Party of Baluchistan NP, JUI-F and Others.
PTI and PPP, on the other hand, are also seen busy to form an alliance to get the Slots. PPP’s Co-chairman Former President, Asif Ali Zardari is alleged to have bought the MPAs and MNAs and this purchase process is said to be continued as Senators are being offered millions as per News reports to Support their nominee for Chairman slot.
PPP appears to be the only party that is in close contact with the independent candidates and had negotiations with various Main Stream and Small parties Sindh, KP, Baluchistan to reach on an agreement for winning support from the allies for their PPP nominee likely Salim Mandiwala etc.
On the other hand, PTI is vying for Deputy chairman slot as they enjoy the third position in Upper House. Both PTI- PPP may reach on consensus candidate Sadiq Sanjrani as both parties have consensus over Sadiq Sanjrani He is emerging as the favourite candidate for the opposition in Upper House.Therefore, PTI finally nods to support PPP candidate after having internal party discussions and Demand the Deputy Chairman Slot.
The Ball is in the PML-N’s court as they have the majority and only require 18 seats to win the chairman Slot.With JUI –F support and eying independent senators they may still be able to win The Chairman Senate seat but this prediction may be bit early as anything happens at any time. Maybe, The PPP succeeds in making allies and winning support as Zardari is very clever in making surprises or stunning the opposition.
Zardari is also considered the king of changing the game as he did in Baluchistan by toppling the Zahri Govt and bringing in New set up in Baluchistan.PTI will support PPP Nominee as both parties are against the PML-N Government. The Political Pundits say that if Zardari’s Candidate wins that will be the great set back or Blow for PML-N.
The Election for the appointment of Chairman and Deputy Chairman Senate is scheduled Today ,so let’s see who wins the Elections of Upper House Head and Deputy Head -be it PML-N or PPP-PTI allies . But Zardari has shown disappointment over the proposed name of Sadiq Sanjrani for Chairman Slot during the Meeting of CM Baluchistan Abdul Qayoom Bizenjo and PTI Chief Imran Khan .
Parliamentary System vs Presidential System: What’s Better for Pakistan?
The failure of the parliamentary system in the country has raised concerns regarding its effectiveness. The populace is divided between the pros and cons of transitioning to a presidential form of governance yet again after the pathetic display of the politicians in the Parliament over the budget proposals. The overarching concern, in either case, is for the delivery of democracy and good governance to the grassroots level.
Bad governance has been construed as a seminal issue in Pakistan. So much so that the country’s populace has been deliberating over Pakistan’s parliamentary system vs a possible presidential system. The country, through history, has experienced different kinds of governments; from democracy to military dictatorship, to civilian martial law by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
Pakistan inherited its current government system, the parliamentary form of government, from its former colonial rulers, the British. Ironically, while the parliamentary system has been successful for governance in the latter, the case for Pakistan is on the contrary.
The failure of the parliamentary system in the country has raised many reservations. Does a single solution of a parliamentary form of government resolve all problems? Considering the varying demography, culture, and history of both countries, how can one size be fit for all? Recently, a debate on transitioning to the presidential system has surfaced on social media. The population is divided between the pros and cons of each form of the governing system.
However, in either case, the overarching concern is for the delivery of democracy and good governance to the grass-root level. Both schools of thought are, hence, unanimous regarding their concern for a strong government. The question, however, remains as to which of the governing systems can deliver upon these values effectively.
Pakistan has experienced both forms of governments, yet a large number of the population is unaware of the merits and demerits of either; an essential understanding is lacking about the deep-seated problems vested within the governmental structure of Pakistan. One of the major reasons for this downfall is the perennial tug of war for power.
Understanding the Presidential and Parliamentary Systems
Many in the country believe that the presidential system is synonymous with dictatorship as it is a ‘one-man’ rule. The main cause behind this perception is that some leading analysts and media persons continue to protect the parliamentary system that has bogged the nation down. To clear such fallacies, one must understand the true meanings and merits of the presidential system.
It is erroneous to tantamount the presidential system with dictatorship as those are two different notions. Moreover, the presidential system is a form of the democratic system; many countries which are perceived as the torchbearers of democracy are under this form of governance. The champions of democracy must realize that the presidential system fuels the argument for effective democracy and is not undemocratic.
In the presidential system, the president is elected by the people directly which makes the power concentrated in his office. This makes the perception of a one-man rule somehow true yet it also leads to a strong government. It preserves the head of the government from the fear of being ousted by the opposition which leads to focus on public development and service delivery.
This lack of fear also entails the depoliticization of administration; talented and skilled manpower is sought to ensure efficient service delivery as the president must maintain his/her popularity with the masses. Moreover, the coercion for compromises inflicted by opposition parties is not there. It provides irrevocable fixed terms to legislators and executives.
As far as the question of one-man rule is concerned, the president can be impeached but by the approval of both houses; the process of impeachment is quite intricate as compared to the parliamentary system. This provides the government with enough strength to deliver favourable services to the common citizens of the nation.
The presidential system engages talented people and paves the way for good governance by limiting the legislature to focus on governance and delivery. In the presidential system, unlike the parliamentary system, the budgetary allocations and spending are delegated to the people at the grass-root level in union councils with checks and rudimentary transparency. The presidential system ensures the separation of power between legislative and executive branches.
It is relevant to mention here that the presidential system ensues the peril of becoming a dictatorship in some cases if the president starts to victimize its political rivals; it becomes complicated to halt his/her activities through impeachment due to the complexity of the system. It can further augment the notion of being discriminating amongst minorities or those factions which are not averse to the president on an ethnic or lingual basis.
On the other hand, the parliamentary system is much weaker in terms of strength as compared to the presidential system. Impeaching a prime minister is easier in the parliamentary system than doing so in the presidential system. The government thus remains perplexed about its stability as there is no irrevocable fixed term of the executive and legislatures in the parliamentary system.
This forces the governments to make inevitable compromises and compensations to the opposition parties to keep the government intact. These compromises result in a friendly opposition and can hamper a check on the government because the former often seems eager to jump on the bandwagon of the latter to protect its vested interest – which is not about the public service delivery in most of the cases.
The advocates of the parliamentary system posit that it provides equal representation and voice to all the people of the state without discrimination. A major demerit of the parliamentary system is that it does not separate the power between the executive and legislative branches of the government which leads to the politicization of the administration of the country. This politicization then stimulates the culture of patronage, corruption, and decline in the reliance upon professionalism.
Successful Presidential Systems in the World
The United States is exemplary for a successful presidential system. In the US, the presidential system has been deployed since the inception of the country. The United States is a cauldron of different cultures making it a heterogeneous society. The success of the presidential system in the US is no secret; it was its governmental structure that made it a superpower in the world despite being a former colony of Britain which is a parliamentary democracy.
One of the salient features of the United States’ governmental structure is its system of checks and balances of the legislature, judiciary, and executive which ensures the functioning of the three branches constitutionally and in favor of the public interest.
The country has made unprecedented progress in history due to its strong government which may not be the case in the parliamentary system. The system hampers the president to victimize his political rivals thus negates the notion that it can lead to dictatorship. Furthermore, the powers concentrated in the office of the president enable him/her to make crucial decisions that are in favor of the country without compromising with the opposition to secure his/her term.
The presidential form of democracy and its performance in the country amply denote that this form of government can produce exemplary impact, particularly in cases where the parliamentary system has failed – Turkey is one such example.
One cannot disagree with the sharp rise in the soft power among the Muslim countries and progress of Turkey in the recent past which was not possible erstwhile. For this purpose, Turkey revoked its parliamentary system and adopted the presidential system. Incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – the former prime minister of the country – has changed the system of the government in the country to ensure strong governance, allowing him to take prompt decisions for the good of the country.
The powers are now separate in the country. Legislative powers are vested in the Grand National Assembly while executive powers are exercised by the Council of Ministers which is directly appointed and headed by the president. The rationale behind the change in the structure of government in Turkey was to have a strong government that could make bold and efficient decisions without facing hindrances from the opposition.
The example of China and Russia would be pertinent to cite here as the governmental structure in both these countries concentrates powers in the office of the president. Some might oppose these examples as they are not democratic countries, however, these countries comprise strong and stable federal governments which along with many other factors have contributed to the rise of both these nations in the 21st century.
Parliamentary System vs Presidential System in Pakistan
Good governance has been the core issue of the country. Pakistan has experienced both forms of government in history: the presidential form under the military rules and also during the civilian martial law of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and the parliamentary system during the democratic regimes. If we look at the facts and figures of the progress and prosperity of the country, it is easily understandable that the country was doing well in terms of improving living standards, education, health, and development during the three military regimes when the presidential system was in effect.
The local body system was also endorsed in its true spirit as stated by Ishrat Hussain, Advisor for Institutional Reforms and Austerity of Pakistan, in his book Governing the Ungovernable: Institutional Reforms for Democratic Governance in Pakistan. Although the presidential form of the government was experienced under the non-democratic military rule yet the progress made during the military rule by no means justifies the intervention of non-democratic forces in the democratic process.
Pakistan comprises of heterogeneous society and all the segments of the society must get equal representation in the government which is only possible in the parliamentary system. This argument is used by the advocates of the parliamentary system in the country but the question is that has this equal representation resolved the issues of the people that are being represented? The answer is a big no.
The plight of the people of Baluchistan, Sindh, and FATA is an utter substantiation of the bad performance of the parliamentary system. Most of the politicians in the country are averse to the debate on the change of the governmental structure arguing that the presidential system is dictatorial. In reality, the presidential system is not undemocratic instead it is one of the forms of the democratic systems imposed in many countries of the world.
The presidential system is not perilous for the democracy but, in reality, it is a threat to the vested interest of the corrupt political elite of the country. Many argue that the parliamentary system is working well in Britain, Canada, and many other countries but the reality is that the literacy level in these countries is much higher than that of Pakistan.
Most of the politicians in the latter country are feudal lords who lack the essential knowledge regarding the functioning of the democracy and parliamentary system, and also the competence to rule the country effectively. It is a common perception in the country that most of the politicians are corrupt and they participate in politics to serve their interests.
Pakistan inherited the parliamentary system from its former colonial ruler. The structure bequeathed by the British to the subcontinent was deliberately designed to centralize the monopolistic control through political mafias as the former were least concerned about their colonial subjects.
The populace of Pakistan needs service delivery to the grassroots level. For this purpose, a country needs strong, well-structured, and agile local governments which are fully accountable to the people and can also eliminate the notion that resources are not allocated equally in every region which is possible in the presidential system as has been experienced in previous such governments in the country.
The agile local governments can also be used to curb the sentiment of being dealt unfairly by the central government. If the parliamentary system was able to do so then the plight of Baluchistan would have been different which delineates the failure of the parliamentary system in Pakistan.
The wealthy elite, through the parliamentary system, succeeds to reach the apex ministries in Pakistan based on its influence while being incompetent. The history of the country is replete with such instances. Unfortunately, the country’s politicians who are seen to be the torchbearers of the democracy manifest such undemocratic attitudes.
One such example is the statement of the Minister of Railway after the recent accident when he refused to resign from his office. If a similar incident would have happened in Britain or any other parliamentary country, the situation would have been otherwise. Hence, keeping the undemocratic attitude of the people and politicians of the country in mind, it is unjust to compare the country with Western countries where the parliamentary system is performing best.
In Pakistan, a fresh debate of the parliamentary system vs the presidential system must be launched by the political scientists and leading think tanks to assess which form of government is most effective for the country’s performance. Pakistan severely needs strong governance and political stability in light of its declining condition under the parliamentary system.
This failure, by no means, advocates the military’s intervention in the country. Nevertheless, the political elite must become actualized of their corruption and incompetency which paves the way for non-democratic forces to intervene.
A change of system or at the very minimum, a healthy and lucrative debate on this subject is crucially needed for the continuity of democracy in the country, and further to remove the resentments of the minority factions and destitute of the country. The essential concern must remain the amelioration of the plight of the people and not merely an adherence to a specific governance form.
President Dr Arif Alvi Confers Civil Awards on Independence Day
On the occasion of Independence Day, 14th August, 2021, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been pleased to confer the following ‘Pakistan Civil Awards’ on citizens of Pakistan as well as Foreign Nationals for showing excellence and courage in their respective fields.
The investiture ceremony of these awards will take place on Pakistan Day, 23rd March, 2022:- S. No. Name of Awardee Field
1 Mr. Muhammad Naeem (Punjab) Science (Chemistry)
2 Mr. Nazar Muhammad Rashid alias N.M Rashid (late) (Punjab) Literature
3 Mr. Majeed Amjad alias Abdul Majeed (late) (Punjab) Literature II. HILAL-I-PAKISTAN
4 Mr. Li Xiaopeng (China) Services to Pakistan
5 Mr. Zhou Xiaochuan (China) Services to Pakistan
6 Dr. Inam ur Rehman (Punjab) Science (Nuclear Physics)
7 Dr. Qamar Mehboob (Punjab ) Engineering (Nuclear)
8 Mr. Tahir Ikram (Punjab) Engineering (Mechanical)
9 Mr. Jamshed Azim Hashmi (Sindh) Engineering (Electrical & Mechanical)
10 Mr. Rohail Hayat (Punjab) Art (Music Composer)
11 Ms. Kishwar Naheed (Punjab) Literature
12 Mr. Mohamad Azmi Abdul Hamid (Malaysia) Services to Pakistan
13 Mr. Darren Sammy Services to Pakistan
14 Mr. Takamitsu Matsumura (Japan) Literature
15 Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al Khalili (Oman) Religious Scholar
16 Mr. Muhammad Bux Buriro (Sindh) Gallantry
17 Ms. Reshma (Sindh) Gallantry
18 Col. Shafi Ullah Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Gallantry
19 Dr. Muhammad Masood ul Hassan (Punjab) Science (Physics)
20 Dr. Syed Hussain Abidi (Punjab) Science (Industrial Biotechnology)
21 Mr. Aslam Umer (Sindh) Engineering (Mechanical)
22 Mr. Tariq Hameed (Punjab) Engineering (Nuclear)
23 Dr. Muhammad Shahzad (Punjab) Control Design System
24 Dr. Syed Waqar Azim (Punjab) Engineering (Mechanical)
25 Dr. Naveed ur Rehman (Punjab) Avionics & Aerospace
26 Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (Punjab) System Engineering
27 Mr. Arshad Nawaz Khan (Punjab) Engineering (Chemical)
28 Ms. Abida Riaz Shahid Alias Nelo (late) (Punjab) Art (Acting)
29 Mr. Rashid Ali Rana (Punjab) Fine Arts
30 Mr. Shahid Abdullah (Sindh) Architect
31 Syed Akeel Bilgrami (Sindh) Architect
32 Mr. Salman Iqbal (Punjab) Sport (Services to Cricket)
33 Maj. Gen. Arshad Naseem (Punjab) Public Service
34 Ms. Roshan Khursheed Bharucha Social Work
35 Mr. Mehmood ul Haq Alvi (late) Philanthropist
VII. PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR PRIDE OF PERFORMANCE
36 Syed Tajammul Hussain (Punjab) Science (Artificial Intelligence & Data Science)
37 Dr. Yasar Ayaz (Punjab) Science (Robotics)
38 Mr. Mumtaz Hussain (Punjab) Engineering( Metallurgy)
39 Mr. Zulfiqar Ali (Punjab) Engineering (Nuclear)
40 Dr. Muhammad Siddique (Punjab) Engineering (Mechanical)
41 Mr. Shabbir Ahmad (Punjab) Engineering (Chemical)
42 Mr. Wasim Naser (Punjab) Engineering (Mechanical)
43 Mr. Abdul Ghafoor (Punjab) Engineering (Chemical)
44 Mr. Muhammad Noaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Engineering (Mechanical)
45 Dr. Muhammad Shafqat (Punjab) Engineering (Chemical)
46 Mr. Nadeem Rasul (Punjab) Engineering (Mechanical)
47 Mr. Haseeb Ahmed (Punjab) Engineering (Chemical)
48 Mr. Muhammad Iqbal (Sindh) Engineering (Aerospace)
49 Mr. Shahid Hameed alias Shahid (Punjab) Art (Acting)
50 Ms. Durdana Butt (Punjab) Art (Acting)
51 Mr. Ismail Tara (Sindh) Art (Acting)
52 Mr. Manzoor Ali Mirza (Sindh) Art (Acting)
53 Syed Sajid Hassan (Sindh) Art (Acting)
54 Mr. Shaharyar Zaidi (Sindh) Art (Acting)
55 Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Art (Acting)
56 Mr. Shoukat Mehmood (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Art (Singing)
57 Ms. Qamro Jan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Art (Folk Singing)
58 Ms. Shakila Naz (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Art (Singing)
59 Mr. Jan Ali (Gilgit-Baltistan) Art (Folk Music)
60 Mr. Shakoor (Sindh) Art (Instrumentalist)
61 Mr. Noor Muhammad Jarral (Punjab) Art (Na’at Khuwani)
62 Mr. Imdad Ali Vighio (Sindh) Art (Block Making)
63 Mr. Madad Ali Sindhi (Sindh) Literature
64 Mr. Rifat Abbas alias Ghulam Abbas (Punjab) Literature
65 Mr. Ayaz Gul (Ayaz Ali Dal) (Sindh) Literature
66 Dr. Fazal Khaliq (Balochistan) Literature
67 Mr. Tahir Afridi (late) (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Literature
68 Mr. Muhammad Ali Sadpara (late) (Gilgit Baltistan) Sport (Mountaineer)
69 Ms. Nargis Hameedullah Hazara (Balochistan) Sport (Karate)
70 Mr. Shehzada Sikandar ul Mulk (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Sport (Polo)
71 Ms. Azmat Hassan Baloch (Balochistan) Public Service
72 Ms. Parveen Saeed (Sindh) Social Welfare
73 Ms. Soni Faisal (Sindh) Social Work (Polio & Corona Virus)
74 Mr. Irfan Ullah Jan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Social Activist/ Philanthropist
75 Mr. Lu Shan (China) Services to Pakistan
76 Mr. Oh Jay-Hee (Korea) Services to Pakistan
77 Mr. Khalid Mahmood (Norway) Public Service
78 Mr. Muhammad Akbar Khan (Gilgit Baltistan) Gallantry
79 Mr. Iqbal Masih (late) Gallantry
80 Mr. Abdul Ghaffar Shaikh (late) (Sindh) Gallantry
81 Mr. Zia Hussain (late) (Sindh) Gallantry
82 Mr. Tabassum Shabbir Awan (Punjab) Gallantry
83 Mr. Irfan Ahmed Khan Durrani (Islamabad) Gallantry
84 Mr. Asadullah Qureshi (Sindh) Gallantry
85 Mr. Muhammad Ali (Gilgit Baltistan) Gallantry
86 Mr. Ahmed Ali (Gilgit Baltistan) Gallantry
87 Mr. Sadiq Hussain (Gilgit Baltistan) Gallantry
88 Mr. Noor ud Din (Gilgit Baltistan) Gallantry
89 Malik Dara Khan (late) (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Gallantry
90 Mr. Muhammad Rahim Shah (Gilgit Baltistan) Gallantry
91 Mr. Saeed Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Gallantry
92 Mr. Muhammad Waleed Sabir Khan (Azad Jammu & Kashmir) Gallantry
93 Mr. Waqar Ahmed (Islamabad) Gallantry
94 Mr. Abdul Qahhar Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Gallantry
95 Dr. Samina Roohi (Punjab) Science (Bio-Chemistry)
96 Dr. Nusrat Jehan (Punjab) Science (Physics)
97 Dr. Irfan Ullah Khan (Punjab) Science (Chemistry)
98 Prof. Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf (Sindh) Science (Chemistry)
99 Dr. Muhammad Aftab Rafiq (Punjab) Science (Physics)
100 Dr. Ammad Hussain Qureshi (Punjab) Engineering (Metallurgy)
101 Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Engineering (Mechanical)
102 Maj (R) Imtiaz Ahmed (Punjab) Engineering (Mechanical)
103 Mr. Muhammad Jamil (Punjab) Engineering(Fluid Power)
104 Mr. Imtiaz Sarwar (Islamabad) Engineering (Electrical & Electronics)
105 Dr. Muhammad Yasir (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Engineering (Aerospace)
106 Mr. Abid Bin Abdul Quddus Qazi (Islamabad) Engineering (Civil)
107 Dr. Muhammad Abid (Punjab) Engineering (Mechanical)
108 Prof. Dr. Robina Farooq (Punjab) Education
109 Eng. Dr. Faizullah Abbasi (Sindh) Education (Engineering)
110 Prof. Dr. Osman Hasan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Education (Engineering/ Electrical)
111 Prof. Dr. Muhammad Junaid Mughal (Punjab) Education (Science & Technology)
112 Ms. Ghuncha Bibi Alias Saima Noor (Punjab) Art (Acting)
113 Mr. Lal Muhammad (Aman) (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Art (Acting)
114 Ms. Rubina Mustafa Qureshi (Sindh) Art (Singing)
115 Mr. Ejaz Sarhadi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) Art (Sarinda Player)
116 Ms. Momina Duraid Qureshi Art (Drama Director/ Producer)
117 Mr. Sajjad Ahmed (Balochistan) Art (Television Producer)
118 Al-Haaj Saeed Hashmi (late) (Sindh) Art (Na’at Khuwani)
119 Mr. M. Anis Nagi (late) (Punjab) Literature
120 Mr. Johar Ali Raki (Gilgit Baltistan) Public Service
121 Mr. Mansoor Hassan Siddiqui (late) (Punjab) Public Service
122 Ms. Shehla Baqi (Sindh) Public Service (Health)
123 Mr. Asad Mahmood (Punjab) Public Service (Rendering dedicated services with selfless devotion)
124 Mr. Muhammad Hanif Tayyab (Sindh) Social Services
125 Dr. Muhammad Haroon Memon (Sindh) Social Work (Thalassemia)
126 Mr. David Shoebridge (Australia) Human Rights
Missing You! SPSC
It is disappointing to pen these painful thoughts for such an apex recruiting Agency of Sindh that kept serving the people of Sindh for decades and kept providing respectable elite Civil services jobs to the underprivileged people regardless of their colour, creed or religion.
SPSC remained the only hope for the youth to get elevated civil service jobs such as EX-PCS and Secretariat services as well as Jobs in other cadres from BS-16 to BS-20 in various departments of Sindh.
Unfortunately, SPSC bears the brunt of Malpractices and corrupt practices of its chairman and Members who tempered with the result of Meritorious candidates and passed their blue-eyed Candidates through nepotism and favouritism and deprived the deserving candidates of getting Elite Civil Service slots.
The jobs were reportedly sold like commodities stabbing meritocracy and bringing in a swarm of inefficient and ineligible bureaucracy that played in the hands of feudal lords.
The saga starts from tempering the marks of candidates of CCE 2003 that took almost two decades in litigation but so far no respite has been provided to the candidates/petitioners who approached the Sindh High court to knock the door for justice.
Despite winning the case at all platforms and getting favourable reports i.e Departmental Enquiry, Anti Corruption Establishment Report, NAB report and Judicial Enquiry reports, it was proven that those recommended for appointment were not eligible as most of the candidates were fail in written part and Interview. Even some of the candidates who did not appear in the test were declared as pass.
The result of the final recommended candidates was tempered. The marks on the face sheet of answer copies were changed as per the reports surfaced.
It is worthy to mention here that those appointed through unfair means and tempered results, surprisingly promoted to the next Grades from time to time and now they are in Grade 19.
Later, in CCE 2013 there was a similar hue and cry about tempered results and bribery amounting to millions, the Sindh High Court passed its judgment making the result Null and void and directed SPSC to conduct both written and interviews afresh.
Thus hundreds of candidates bore the brunt of Malpractices of Commission authorities and many who got recommendations as Section Officers, ACs, AD labour etc were shocked. They wondered why they were punished for the fault of some unscrupulous people that earned a bad name for the SPSC.
Though being disappointed and dejected from the Honourable Courts decision, the candidates reappeared in the written and Interview but shockingly very few got through since the majority of candidates who had cleared the exam previously, could not qualify even written part and Interview.
The Education standards in Sindh have already deteriorated alarmingly, yet those who toil and work hard in the hopes of being the part of Elite Civil service, got disillusioned and dejected when the news broke that all the appointments were made either on payment of huge bribes or political support, plunging the poor hardworking and talented youth into the darkness of Disappointment, Dejection and Hopelessness.
These incidents were still fresh in the minds of candidates when they got the shocking news that Sindh High Court Hyderabad Bench announced yet another shocking judgment that jolted the candidates.
The judgment suspended the SPSC act and made the Recruitments of CCE 2018, Medical Officers and others null and void. Even it suspended all the Members including Chairman and Secretary. The judgments directed the Sindh Government to legislate a new SPSC act making Governor as head to appoint Chairman and Members instead of Chief Minister Sindh.
There have been several interpretations of Law experts regarding the impact of judgment that whether the judgment applies to mentioned Recruitments i.e CCE 2018, Health Department Medical Officers or all the Recruitments to date.
Even the Honourable High court ordered to make the SPSC website offline until the new SPSC act is promulgated.
The news had serious repercussions on the future of youth in Sindh, especially those who had passed the exam with hard work and are serving in the field for almost three years. The clouds of uncertainty have engulfed them and they are waiting for their fate since their training has also been discontinued. There is no clarification whether their services are discontinued in the light of Judgment or still intact. It will be clear after the outcome of the appeal in the Supreme court of Pakistan Karachi registry.
Their future is bleak. Even, several candidates had either appeared in the written tests of various departments and cleared including those who were awaiting Interview results. There were some candidates whose interviews were scheduled but all in vain.
With each passing day, the suspicion and fears are mounting with concerns that whether the SPSC will be restored with the appointment of a new chairman, Members and Secretary or it will remain in a dormant state since the Honourable court has not given any time frame to Sindh Government for legislation and transfer of powers of appointment of Chairman and Members to Governor so that concerns of candidates may be addressed.
Furthermore, the decision also impacted the recruitment process of lecturers in the college Education Department where more than 6000 lecturers were to be appointed and even written tests were conducted from over 100000 candidates and subsequently their results were uploaded on the SPSC website.
Ironically, public service commissions of other provinces such as PPSC, BPSC, KPPSC, AJKPSC and FPSC are Functioning in full swing and the recruitment process in other provinces has been transparent but unfortunately, the Sindh Government has wreaked havoc with all the institutions and did not even spare SPSC -the apex Civil service Recruitment Agency to pursue the meritocracy and transparency in appointment of Civil servants.
Due to misappropriation, mismanagement, nepotism, favouritism and corruption, today the Prestigious body SPSC was forced to close the doors for youth and it has borne the brunt of corrupt souls who have not left any stone unturned to mint money from poor people whose dream to become part of Civil service stood unfulfilled even seems a nightmare. According to some reports if Assistant Commissioners get the seats on the payment of ten million then the poor can only dream of such elevated and lucrative posts and their intelligence, efficiency and talent get rotten if meritocracy is strangulated under the weight of Bribery.
It is high time that our youth should be vocal and raise their voice against the criminal silence of the Sindh Government as the Government has failed miserably to pursue the case in the Supreme Court due to its unwillingness and negligence, leaving hundreds of youth falling prey to unemployment, disappointment and disillusionment.
The Chief Justice Supreme court of Pakistan and Chief Justice High Court of Sindh are humbly appealed to review the decision and pass orders to Sindh Government for legislation to restore SPSC and appointment of new Chairman and Members by Governor as practised in other provinces so that future of youth could be saved and they should be prevented from getting overage.
Furthermore, in the upcoming CCE 2022, 20 years of General age relaxation may be granted so that the delay caused by various judgments of the Honourable Courts due to corrupt practices of Commission may be compensated and the level playing field may be provided to candidates to contest Competitive Exam. The courts always provide relief to petitioners but the culprits behind such corrupt practices may also be punished so that future incidents could be averted.
It is further recommended that on the lines of FPSC’s, Section Officers Promotional Exam (SOPE) may be introduced through which lower grade employees having completed 5 to 7 years in departments can be appointed through SPSC as SOs and unlike Transfer to OMG Policy of FPSC, there should be an exam for those in BS-17 and BS-18 officers of other cadres to be part of PMS or PSS. This will help in filling the shortage of civil servants in the provincial secretariat.
It is also recommended that there should be Executive Service where BS-19 officers could be inducted from senior Civil Servants of various departments.
SPSC is the driving force to bring in a bunch of civil bureaucracy, Professionals, Technical hands and other security personnel of higher grade. The dormant state SPSC has already created serious staff shortages and impacted the performance of various departments especially College Education, School Education, Health and Civil Bureaucracy that are in constant need of fresh blood to serve the nation with dignity and dedication.
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