Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday ordered that the petitions of the Primary School Teachers (PSTs) and the High School Teachers (HSTs), who have been waiting to receive their joining letters since 2005, would proceed jointly before a full SHC bench.
Justices Maqbool Baqir, Sajjad Ali Shah and Shahid Anwar Bajwa were hearing 2,050 PSTs and HSTs’ over 20 constitutional petitions filed against the Sindh government through Sindh education secretary by Amanullah Otho, Inayat Ali, Hidayatullah, Naseer Pirzado and others.
The petitioners’ counsels Mujeeb Pirzado, Najeeb and Syed Khalid Shah appeared before the SHC bench. When Baqir asked Pirzado the reason for constituting a full bench, he said two different petitions were filed with SHC’s Sukkur and Larkana circuit benches respectively; however, the Sukkur bench dismissed the petition, while the Larkana bench allowed it. He added that according to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, if there are contradictory judgments in a case, then a full bench must hear the same case.
After the court’s proceedings, Pirzado told Daily Times that 2,050 applicants had passed the test for the post of teachers in 2005, but they have yet to receive their joining letters.
He added that the Larkana bench had allowed the application because the petitioners had received their offer letters, while the Sukkur bench dismissed it because the petitioners had not received their offer letters
(Daily English dailytimes dated 23-11-2010)