CSS exams in Urdu: Lahore High Court DB Verdict announced

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CSS exams in Urdu: Lahore High Court DB Verdict announced

LAHORE: 

The Lahore High Court double bench has announced the interim verdict over the issue of the CSS exams in Urdu.

The Lahore High Court on Wednesday suspended a single-bench’s earlier decision to hold CSS (Central Superior Services) examination in Urdu.

A division bench headed by LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah dismissed an earlier decision by a single bench of the court which directed authorities to ensure holding of CSS exam 2018 in Urdu language in view of the Supreme Court’s verdict.During the hearing, CJ Shah remarked that it is not the court’s job to change languages. 

Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) had challenged the decision of the single bench stating that it is not possible to hold the exam in Urdu as there is no syllabus in the language. The petitioner added that Urdu is not a compulsory course for graduation.

Last month, Justice Atir Mahmood passed the order on a petition filed by Advocate Saifur Rehman, a candidate of CSS 2017, who had objected to an FPSC advertisement that he said was silent about the language in which the examination would be held. 

The petitioner asked the court to order the FPSC to conduct CSS examination in Urdu language as directed by the Supreme Court in a judgment in 2015. The judge, however, turned down the plea on the implementation of Urdu language in current year CSS examination due to paucity of time.