BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Chief Court of Gilgit-Baltistan on Wednesday suspended appointment of National Program Officer at TB Control Programme, terming it against the rules.
A local candidate Dr. Zaeem Zia had filed a petition in the chief court earlier this year, pleading the appointment of Hamid Ullah, a resident of Khyber – Pakhtunkhwa [K-P], was against the rulers advertised for the post.
Chief judge, justice Sahib Khan and justice Wazir Shakeel heard the case while the petitioner was represented by senior lawyer Amjad Hussain.
The petitioner had pleaded that the appointment of a non-local was made despite availability of suitable candidates in Gilgit – Baltistan.
“The Advertisement published in the media had categorically laid down the eligibility criteria. But that was overlooked and a man from another city was appointed,” said the petitioner in his petition.
The petitioner - who is also an active human rights activist - had made DG Health islamabad, Human Resource Manager TB Control programme and Hamid Ullah among the respondents.
Earlier, Young Doctors Association [YDA] Gilgit-Baltistan had threatened to boycott their offices if what they called illegal appointment was not suspended.
The doctors urged the government to take matter seriously as ignoring local candidates could have serious repercussions over their careers.
The chief court’s decision was hailed by Pakistan medical association and YDA terming it as a victory of healthcare professionals of Gilgit-Baltistan.