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Lawyers boycott courts over recruitment test

Lawyers boycott courts over recruitment test

PESHAWAR: On the call of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council, lawyers on Monday boycotted courts in the province over a controversy surrounding the screening test held for recruitment of additional district and sessions judges.

In the provincial capital, most lawyers stayed away from courts and demanded that the screening test conducted by the Open Testing Service be cancelled and the candidates be allowed to re-appear in the test.

The council had expressed reservation about the test and the criterion later adopted by the Peshawar High Court for making the candidates with over 15 percent marks eligible for appointment to the posts in question.

In the June 17 meeting chaired by vice chairman of the council Ahmad Farooq Khattak, participants had said the candidates had not been informed about the pattern of the screening test, especially about negative marking for wrong answers, and thus, failing all candidates to secure the requisite 45 percent marks.

They, however, said the high court unilaterally changed the pass percentage and decided that the candidates with more than 15 percent marks would be eligible for further examination and interview for the posts of additional district and sessions judges.

The participants had said it was unjust that the candidates were given screening test papers out of the syllabus and that they were not even informed about the pattern of the test.

They had also claimed the high court’s decision was even in contradiction of the advertisement, which had made it mandatory to pass the screening test.

Accompanied by senior lawyers Nasrun Minallah, Ayesha Malik and Arshad Hussain Yousafzai, Peshawar District Bar Association general secretary Saeed Khan told reporters that the bar council had asked the high court to order the holding of fresh screening test but the said demand was not met forcing lawyers to observe strike.

Published in Dawn, June 23rd, 2015

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