ISLAMABAD:The Supreme Court has ordered immediate transfer of all petitions pending in provincial high courts challenging the Election Commission 's notification regarding ban on recruitment in government departments to the divisional bench of Islamabad High Court.
Three-judge bench headed by Chief Jusitce of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu case in this regards in Islamabad today.
The court ordered that the petitions be decided within a week, and upheld the ECP`s notification for that period.
The Election Commission had put a ban last week on recruitments in government institutions ahead of general elections. Ban was not imposed on recruitments through public service commissions.
Later hearing another case regarding transfer of Pakistani Prisoners confined in foreign jails, the Court asked the Interior Ministry to ensure repatriation of such prisoners in accordance with the existing bilateral exchange of prisoners agreement with the respective countries.
In another case regarding mushroom growth of Law Colleges in the country, the Court ordered the colleges to submit till 10th of next month, their show cause notices showing whether they do fulfill the required standards of legal education.
The Chief Justice observed that all such law colleges which do not fulfill required standards shall be closed.
In suo motu case regarding miserable condition of women in jails the Court ordered district and session judges to visit the jails and report on the conditions there whether they are in line with the recommendations in this regard of the Federal Ombudsman's Committee.
The Court also summoned the Inspector Generals of Jails on next hearing to ensure that the recommendations of Federal Ombudsman's Committee are being implemented. APP/AFP