Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar sought a reply from Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) by November 29, following a plea by a candidate suffering the speech fluency disorder.
Syed Zubair Habib Gillani, had passed the Central Superior Services (CSS) written examination-2011, and challenged his failure in the interview for the provincial service jobs because of the speech impediment and national and international certificates confirmed the condition.
“Previously, I have also qualified for CSS written examination-2011. The candidates having marks lesser than me in written exam were allocated in police and district management group (DMG) (on open merit). The medical board of FPSC itself declared me a candidate with speech problem. But in the final interview I was given low score, and I could not secure a position even in the last group. I was hurt because I was a victim of nature and a state institution discriminated (against me) just on the basis of something which was beyond my conscious control.”
He said that “in 2014, the Government of Australia declared him as an ‘Emerging Leader of Pakistan’ and conferred on him the Australian Leadership Award-2014”. “I appeared in the provincial competitive exam — PMS-2017 — and passed the written examination. I have sent a written application to the Chairman PPSC and let the interview panel know about my speech disorder and submitted all required medical certificates but I was again declared ‘fail’ in the interview on Nov 16, 2018.” Mr Gillani said a state institution discriminated against him just on the basis of something which was beyond his control.
He requested the chief justice to “direct the PPSC to review its decision and consider his case for the seats reserved for the differently able persons”.
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17 November, 2019