All the appointments in the Ministry of Law and Justice have been made strictly in accordance with the law and no hiring rules have been bypassed as suggested by a section of the press recently.
Ministry of Law and Justice is a purely technical ministry and since 1947, all its secretaries have been either serving or retired judges of the Supreme Court or High Court and only a handful of secretaries have been from lawyer’s community. Since 1947, all the senior posts of the Law Ministry have been manned by serving officers of the lower judiciary (District and Session Judges) . However, the new Judicial Policy introduced in June 2009 put a ban on the appointment of serving judges in the Ministry of Law. Therefore, the Law Ministry created posts in management scale as the normal civil servants cannot perform the technical / legal duties due to lack of proper legal training.
The vacant posts were advertised and the new appointments were made after a thorough competitive process whereas the extension in the existing contracts was done after a thorough evaluation by a committee of Secretaries as per specified procedure. No appointment in the Law Ministry has been made by this government against the notified procedures.
There is age relaxation all over the world in jobs of technical nature. All the renowned universities of the world appoint retiring professors as Professor Emeritus who serve the institution till they voluntary retire.
Not a single post has been filled on contract that can be filled by a cadre/ regular civil servant; and these contract posts are duly sanctioned without any effect on the cadre and are filled through a competitive process without any discrimination. Hence, it is an allegation that permanent employees are affected.
Further, Barrister Zafarullah Khan , Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Law , has categorically denied the insinuation attributed to him that extension in contract are delayed due to the absence of the Prime Minister. All the summaries sent by the Law Ministry to the Prime Minister’s office had been processed / approved well in time without any delay whatsoever.
Therefore, the news item about bypassing the hiring rules and delays in approval of contracts is totally baseless, fabricated and malafide to achieve some ulterior motive and a sign of careless reporting.