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BHC issues notice to AG Balochistan in AEOs merger in BSS BCS 

Staff Reporter :

QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court (BHC) issued notice to the Advocate General Balochistan in the Assistant Executive Officers (AOEs) merger in Balochistan Balochistan Secretariat Service (BSS) and Balochistan Civil Service (BCS) cadres.

A division bench of the BHC comprising Chief Justice Mr. Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Mr. Justice Muhammad Iqbal Kasi issued the notice. The bench issued the notice on an application filed by Shujaat Ali Khosa and Waqar Kakar.

The merger of AEOs was against the SC judgment: Petitioner

In the constitutional petition, they said the merger of the AOEs into the BSS and BCS cadres was against the judgment of the Supreme Court and illegal. This development has come after the Balochistan government issued a notification with regard to the merger of AOEs into BSS and BCS the other day.

In this petition, it is said that the Assistant Executive Officers were merged into Balochistan Civil Service and Balochistan Secretariat Service on April 3, 2008, under an order of the interim government.

On which the Supreme Court on November 15, 2016, hearing the contempt of court case, ordered the Balochistan government to send the assistant executive officers back to their respective departments.

BHC already dismissed AOEs petition

On which the Balochistan government sent the AEOs back to their departments through a notification on 15 December 2016. This notification was challenged by the AEOs in the Balochistan High Court, which was dismissed by the Balochistan High Court.

The AOEs petition was also dismissed by the Supreme Court on 25th September 2017. Later, the Assistant Executive Officers filed another revision petition in the Supreme Court requesting that we be accommodated. And the rules should be adjusted accordingly. But the Balochistan government merged the Assistant Executive Officers (AEOs) into the Balochistan Civil Service and the Balochistan Secretariat Service through what the petitioners called an unconstitutional notification on 1st October 2022, contrary to the Supreme Court orders.

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