Tragic as it may seem but it’s a common knowledge that the entire Pakistan is suffering due to the bad governance. But the pathetic quality of governance in the province of Sindh is simply shocking.
Case in point is the judicial murder of 227 allocated candidates by the Supreme Court of Pakistan (suo motu case S.M.C 18/2016) who were recommended for various government posts through the Combined Competitive Examination, 2013 by the Sindh Public Service Commission Hyderabad.
For the sake of clarity it is being further elaborated here that the CCE in Sindh is a similar competitive examination, as there is PMS in Punjab.
Timeline of the Combined Competitive Examination 2013
1. CCE-2013 was announced in the July of 2013.
2. Nearly 24,000+ students applied for the said examination.
3. On 24th November 2013 the screening test (a General
Knowledge Paper containing 100 Multiple Choice Questions from the subjects; Islamiat, Pakistan Affairs, Current Affairs, Everyday Science, International Relations & the knowledge of Sindh. Total Marks = 100) was announced but was postponed due to reasons best known to SPSC.
4. The screening test was simultaneously conducted on 28 December 2014 at various examinations centres of Karachi, Hyderabad & Sukkur and 3375 candidates passed the screening test.
5. 3375 candidates then took up the written part of examination in which a candidate has to pass all the 08 subjects (05 compulsory subjects + 03 optional subjects) in order qualify for the next step i.e. Personal Interview.
6. 664 candidates cleared the written part of the CCE and were called for their personal interviews.
7. Initially the interviews were called on from 18-04-2016 to 14-07-2016.
8. But then the Interviews were rescheduled and finally conducted from 25-04-2016 to 11-08-2016.
9. On 19th August 2016 the Sindh Public Service Commission recommended the 227 Candidates against the various posts of Assistant Commissioner, Section Officer, Excise & Taxation Officer, etc.
10. On 25th of August 2016 the SPSC sent the recommendations of the 227 successful candidates to Sindh General Administration and Services Department (S&GD) Sindh for further processing i.e issuing their offer orders for the advertised jobs.
11. Resultantly, (110) Section Officers (BPS-17) received their ‘offer of appointment’ letters on 30th September 2016, which they accepted and also submitted their Medical Fitness Certificates and Police Verification Character Certificates to the concerned Section Officer at S&GD.
2. Similarly, (45) Assistant Commissioners (BPS-17) received their ‘offer of appointment’ letters on 19th October 2016, which they accepted and also submitted their Medical Fitness Certificates and Police Verification Character Certificates to the concerned Section Officer at S&GD.
13. Likewise, (27) Excise & Taxation Officers (BPS-17) received their ‘offer of appointment’ letters on 31st Cotober 2016, which they accepted and also submitted their Medical Fitness Certificates and Police Verification Character Certificates to the concerned Section Officer at S&GD.
THE SUPREME COURT INTERVENTION (Suo Motu Case # SMC 18/2016)
The case ended on 22 February 2017 and its reserved judgment was announced on 13th March 2017.
Sir, Mr. Sholom Aleichem says, “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.”
But in our case it was a complete farce since the first day.
Look at the irony of our fate that we had achieved such prestigious jobs through fair means after burning midnight oils and investing so much of time, money, hopes and energies to get recognition within the society.
But, alas! We have been dashed to the ground by the stroke of a pen of the apex court judges for no apparent fault of our own. Even the respected judges acknowledge in their final judgment that there is no any apparent fault of these successful candidates in all this matter.
A majority of these 227 candidates belong to very humble families. We have proved our mettle by competing at each and every stage but as they say ‘as luck would have it’ we are being victimized for the faults of Sindh Government and the ineptitude of the administration of Sindh Public Service Commission.
And as Martin Luther King Jr., wrote from the Birmingham Jail, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
We are the future of meritorious Sindh and prosperous Pakistan and if no justice is done to us now then what justice would this society do to our children?