Govt extends contract of NIRC chairman for two years

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Wednesday allowed a two-year extension in the contract of the National Industrial Relations Commission (NIRC) Chairman Justice (r) Mian Shakirullah Jan.

the government decided this in a cabinet meeting held on Wednesday. The two-year contract of Main Shakirullah Jan as NIRC chairman was due to expire on Thursday (today).

The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) has presented the summary of extension of Shakirullah Jan as NIRC chairman.

Sources informed that the Chief Justice of Pakistan has recommended the name of Shakirullah Jan as NIRC chairman as rules of NIRC bind the ministry to consult the CJP for the chairman’s appointment.

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It is pertinent to mention here that the incumbent chairman has failed to render a single judgment in any labour case pending before him. Corruption is rampant in NIRC as the private secretary to NIRC chairman is also currently facing an inquiry.

Earlier, the ministry had presented a summary of extension in his contract in the cabinet meeting held on May 8 but the summary was rejected because the meeting stated that the case for the contract extension had been sent to the cabinet in haste before the 90-day deadline issued in a letter of the Cabinet Division.

It is worth mentioning here that appointment of chairman NIRC is being challenged in the IHC as the petitioner claimed that the appointment of NIRC chairman was made by the former prime minister without the approval of the cabinet, who according to the verdict of the apex court is not in the federal government and is also in violation of the dictum of the National Judicial Policy.

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Shahzad Paracha
The writer is a member of Pakistan Today's Islamabad bureau. He can be reached at [email protected]
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