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Pakistan: Competition watchdog excluded from appointment committee

 |  April 6, 2014

The Federal Commission for Selection of Heads of Public Sector Organizations, which was established by the Supreme Court to appoint heads of government organizations, excludes Pakistan’s Competition Commission as well as its Security Exchange Commission, say reports.

But that exclusion is now being challenged in the Islamabad High Court by Advocate Muhammad Dawood Ghazanavi, who argues that the regulators’ exclusion from the FCSHPS means the bodies cannot guarantee transparency when appointing staff, despite their power to do so internally.

Further, Ghazanavi said, recent years have shown government agencies to make appointments without following proper procedure.

The High Court has reportedly suspended the government’s notification that lead to the exclusion of the organizations, and is set to hold another hearing at a later date.

According to reports, the government issued the notification on March 4.

Full Content: The Express Tribune

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