SAHIWAL: The Regional Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Multan, on Saturday termed the recent posting of Javed Akhter Mahmood as Sahiwal commissioner, a “violation of the code of conduct” for by-election, asking the Punjab chief secretary to cancel the transfer orders issued on Sept 20.

Mr Mahmood, who was working as secretary of the Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Department, South Punjab, was appointed as Sahiwal commissioner, under notification No SI.2-2/2022 (A), issued on September 20 by Punjab chief secretary (CS).

Accordingly, Mahmood assumed the charge as Sahiwal commissioner, replacing Ms Salwat Saeed.

However, the Multan ECP, termed the transfer a violation of the code of conduct because by-election was scheduled in National Assembly constituency NA-157, Multan-IV.

Terms it violation of by-poll code of conduct

Taking notice of the transfer, the Multan region ECP wrote a letter (a copy available with Dawn) to the Punjab chief secretary’s office, saying: “No Government or authority shall post or transfer any officer in the district where the schedule for by-election has been issued on July 28, 2022, till the publication of the name of the returned candidate”.

Sources say it is the second case where Multan ECP has asked Punjab CS office to cancel the posting/transfer of a senior officer for being made in violation of by-election rules.

They say that earlier the ECP had objected to the posting of a BPS-19 officer, Amjad Shoaib Khan, as additional director general of the Multan Development Authority, made on Aug 22, 2022.

On Aug 23, the ECP had categorically wrote to the Punjab CS office to cancel Mr Shoaib’s posting, but to no avail. Later, the ECP sent a reminder to the CS, saying he failed to implement its directions regarding the withdrawal of the posting of Amjad Shoaib Khan, made “in violation of directives of ECP” under notification No 1(1)/2022-DMO-NA 157 (by-election), dated Sept 21, 2022.

District Monitoring Officer Abid Hussain confirmed to Dawn that his office so far did not receive any cancellation orders from Punjab CS despite the ECP terming the both postings a “violation of code of conduct” under Article 218 (3) of the Constitution.

Published in Dawn, September 25th, 2022

Opinion

Editorial

Punjab crisis
01 Dec, 2022

Punjab crisis

ADMINISTRATIVE chaos has ruled Punjab ever since the ouster of the PTI government in April, deepening the...
Quetta attack
01 Dec, 2022

Quetta attack

It would be foolishness of the highest order were the authorities to ignore the emerging threat.
World AIDS Day
01 Dec, 2022

World AIDS Day

AS countries mark World AIDS Day on Dec 1, a timely report from Unicef has renewed concerns about the severe...
A call for bloodshed
30 Nov, 2022

A call for bloodshed

The state has wasted precious time by not consolidating its success in pushing TTP out of its strongholds in the north.
Missing childhoods
30 Nov, 2022

Missing childhoods

THE fact is that despite some legal efforts to end the curse of child marriage taking place in Pakistan under the...
Unemployment concerns
30 Nov, 2022

Unemployment concerns

THE ILO finding that labour market recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in Pakistan, as in many other...