THE army has a quota in the Central Superior Service, and civil service examinations are the most authentic and prestigious examinations in our country. These examinations judge the overall calibre of a person willing to join the Civil Service.

Our army was allocated quota as a favour by dictator Gen Ziaul Haq during his reign by amending the law through his puppet parliament.

The quota is allocated for the top three groups in Civil Services of Pakistan, i.e. Police Service of Pakistan, Pakistan Administrative Service (former DMG) and Foreign Service of Pakistan.

The serving commissioned officers of the three forces join civil bureaucracy without taking any kind of written examinations.

This is sheer injustice to the candidates who have to burn midnight oil even to pass the examinations.

In the beginning (when this wicked law was passed), the army inductees were given last positions in the seniority list. When Zia came to know about this, he added icing to the cake by passing a law in which the army inductees were given topmost slots in the seniority list.

They were given marks equal to the top scorer of the group they had joined. This infringes upon the merits of this examination.

Nowadays, the PPP talks big that it has restored the constitution as Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had wanted it. I would like to draw their attention to this infamous amendment by Gen Zia of not only inducting army men into the Civil Service but also placing them second to none.

This demoralises prospective Central Superior Service candidates who are genuinely judged by undergoing written assessment.

The placement of army inductees on top of the seniority list is also infamous among the group members. This quota should be abolished immediately.

Therefore, I request the sitting lawmakers to do away with the unrighteous law and foul play by Gen Zia who said: “What is a constitution? Just a piece of paper, which I can tear apart and throw away anytime”.

IMTIAZ AWAN Islamabad

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sabir
October 19, 2012 6:59 am
thought provoking,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,plausible letter.
Mishrab
October 19, 2012 7:22 am
Quota in any shape is not merit. Urban population of Sindh mostly consist of Mohajirs have been pushed back since last 30 years with the same Quota System. Sharia Court has declared this law a Black Law.
rana
October 19, 2012 12:50 pm
Let's not mix up issues here. Lack of regional quotas led to the break up of Pakistan in 71, when one of the major grievances of Bengalis was their lack of representation in Fed services and armed forces. So, that is a separate issue. Barring professionals, doctors, engineers etc. because they succeeded in getting their professional degrees does not really make a lot of sense. After all, our best students achieve these degrees, so there is no point barring their entry in administrative services. For army, however, we should not tolerate a discriminatory practice in their favour. They must appear in CSS exams if they want to join administrative services. And yes, Zia was a dictator !
Taqi Ramzan
October 19, 2012 5:10 am
very well said brother and the professionals like doctors and engineers should also be barred from taking part in the css exams ,,,as they have already occupied a professional degree by taking seats which could have been given to some other much needful candidate,,,..........
Shahid Masud
October 19, 2012 11:01 pm
Why any quota for any particular group. Merit should be the only qualification .
iqbal
October 19, 2012 2:43 pm
So you think Zia was not a dictator ? What planet are you living on ?
kaiser
October 19, 2012 11:38 pm
Even Zia himself did not say he was not a dictator.
Masood
October 19, 2012 4:34 am
I agree with the suggestion of abolishing the law which gives army the quota in the CSS Examination. However, calling Gen Zia as a dictator makes me think the immature personality of the author of this article. Again, it is a free world and everybody has a right to express what they feel.
Yasir
October 19, 2012 5:00 am
Mr Imtiaz.. Thumbs up for raising voice against undemocratic and unfair amendments in CSS quota distribution. If military officers think that they are far superior than civilian candidates and deserves the top seats in CSS, then they should show the courage and go for the written examination. They have never won a war for Pakistan. Instead, they have earned bad name for the nation.
Muhammad Umair
October 19, 2012 6:02 am
Rightly pointed out.
r.s.soni
October 19, 2012 10:28 am
my dear masood, if zia was not dictator, you mean to say he was tyrant or something else . please clarify.
Shahid Masud
October 20, 2012 3:46 pm
Doctors , engineers and other professionals should not be barred from taking CSS exams rather it should be encouraged , but at the same time when these professionals qualify for the service they should be posted in their respective fields, eg, Doctors in Health and so on ,
imran
October 19, 2012 1:34 pm
would you like to comment on unequal gas load shedding? quota in whatever way should be abolished and every citizen be treated equal. we take different stances where it suits us, we are all small dictators in our thoughts just never get the chance to occupy the center stage!
Muhib
October 19, 2012 4:13 pm
Army has taken position everywhere. In universities, cricket, wapda and the list goes on and on. The only place where they havent taken positions is in their barracks....
nayyar51
October 19, 2012 2:55 pm
Vice versa there should be a quota of CSS toppers for jobs in the armed forces to restore the imbalance.
Cyrus Howell
October 19, 2012 8:01 pm
"This is sheer injustice to the candidates who have to burn midnight oil even to pass the examinations." . You have rightly brought this to the attention of the readers here. It really should go father.
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