SC asks for a response from the AGP on the competence of Parliament

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has requested a response from the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) on what action Parliament can take to provide relief to dismissed employees.

The five-member Supreme Court, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, on Tuesday considered applications for review by dismissed employees who were reinstated under the Terminated Employees Act 2010 (Reinstatement) Order 2010 ).

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It is pertinent to mention here that on August 17, a three-member bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam declared the Terminated Employees (Reinstatement) Act 2010 unconstitutional.

During the hearing, Senator Raza Rabbani completed her arguments and said that Parliament can grant redress to the dismissed employees even against the Supreme Court’s decision.

He further said that the Supreme Court should review the situation in which the order to reinstate the terminated employees was introduced.

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The head of the bench, which included Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin and Justice Aminuddin Khan, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, remarked: “You may be right to say that employees have been politically victimized, but two wrongs cannot make a right. To make sure the appointments were made in accordance with the law, we need to look at section 25.”

The Supreme Court has asked the AGP to respond to what action Parliament can take on the matter.

Judge Bandial said the CS would rule on the dismissed employees’ motions for review tomorrow (Wednesday) and adjourned the hearing.

Thelma J. Longworth