LAHORE:THE Lahore High Court on Friday directed the Punjab government and Secretary Education (Schools) to make a posting of a lady Deputy District Education Officer, also wife of a local journalist, strictly under the wedlock policy.
Journalist Majid Hussain filed a petition under Article 199 of the constitution that his wife Rubina Miraj had been serving Education Department for the last 13 years as a regular teacher in Lahore. He said presently his wife was serving as Deputy District Education Officer in Nankana Sahib in BS-18 while some seats of the same grades were lying vacant in Lahore.
Petitioner’s counsel Azhar Siddique pointed out that the said vacancy at Nankana Sahib was meant for male but wife of the petitioner due to political pressure by Secretary Education had been posted against the said post. Petitioner’s wife was the only lady among 123 officers who were posted on male seat, counsel added.
Advocate Azhar further said the petitioner was a heart-patient and needed regular care at home in Lahore city. He said petitioner’s wife had to travel daily not less than six to seven hours to visit her office.
The counsel argued that the respondent authorities were under legal and moral obligation to follow the spirit and policy laid down in Rules of Business 1974 for transfers/postings of government officers and also the judgments of the Supreme Court.
He, therefore, prayed that the transfer/posting of petitioner’s wife made by Secretary Education be declared illegal and the respondents be directed to post her in Lahore district by implementing the wedlock policy. Justice Tariq Javed, after hearing the arguments, ordered the respondent to post the petitioner’s wife while applying the wedlock policy.The news
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