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Wedlock policy violation: CJ takes suo motu notice

June 26, 2013

ISLAMABAD, June 25: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Tuesday ordered that a report be called from the University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, Sindh, after an employee of the institution complained that she had been deprived of her right to avail of the wedlock policy.

In her application filed with the human rights cell of the apex court, Farah Naz Memon, a resident of Islamabad, stated that she was a doctor and an employee of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences.

Her husband is also a doctor and is a permanent employee of the federal government and is posted in Islamabad.

She said according to the wedlock policy, it was her right to be posted at the place where her husband worked and lived.

However, she was not being allowed to get further deputation from the Sindh government or merged into the federal government cadre.

She requested the court to order her posting in Islamabad so that she can live with her family.

The chief justice took suo motu notice on the application and ordered that a report be called from the vice chancellor of the university within seven days.

It may be noted that the wedlock policy prevails in all the ministries of the federal capital.

During the tenure of the PPP-led government, hundreds of teachers working in the federal capital under the wedlock policy started a protest when they were asked to report back to their provinces.

The teachers were of the view that they cannot go back to their areas as they had permanently shifted to the federal capital.

Their children were studying in schools and colleges in the twin cities and it was not possible for them to go back.

Besides, their spouses were working in the federal capital so it was not possible for them to live in different cities.

Fiza Batool Gilani, the ambassador for women empowerment at that time, took up the matter at the higher level after which the teachers were allowed to continue working in the capital city for an indefinite time.