SC issues notice to NBP in promotion case of 2,000 employees

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in a case regarding promotion of 2,000 employees.

The court directed the bank to submit a concise statement over the matter on next date of hearing.

A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed heard the case.

During the course of proceedings, Advocate Shoaib Shaheen pleaded that his clients had challenged the 2017 policy.

Justice Bandial asked the counsel not to talk in general terms but according to the state’s point that he was challenging.

The judge asked the counsel that his clients were appointed in 2008, so 2010 policy didn’t apply to them.

The counsel said according to paragraph eight of the policy, his clients should also be considered for regularisation of service.

He said there was no policy before 2010 so the policy for year 2000 would apply.

Justice Bandial asked the counsel that his claim was on his clients’ appointment letters and the high court didn’t consider this point.

Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin asked the counsel that according to the bank’s reply, his clients were considered but they failed to qualify.

Advocate Shoaib Shaheen said pleaded that NBP considered his clients’ regularisation according to the 2007 policy and his client’s colleagues were given a chance to appear in test in 2010, but his clients were ignored.

Justice Bandial asked the counsel to convince the court that the promotion could be done even if there was no seat.

The counsel said his point was that his clients were management training officers. He said according to the rules, his clients should have been promoted first.

Later, the hearing of the case was adjourned till date in office.

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