PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led provincial government is facing its first major test in ensuring merit in recruitment following allegations that jobs of constables could be sold and that favouritism was taking place in the enlistment.
Unlike the past, the lawmakers of the PTI and its three allied parties haven?t been given any job quotas.
The task of recruitment has been handed over to the police high-ups despite the heartburning it has caused among the elected representatives who were hoping to oblige some of their voters by facilitating their recruitment in the police.
However, some lawmakers are now complaining that the police officers tasked to supervise the recruitment aren’t maintaining merit.
Requesting anonymity, a provincial minister affiliated to the PTI alleged that blue-eyed candidates were being facilitated to qualify in the physical test.
He said the police officers were given a free hand to ensure merit but they were using their authority to recruit favoured candidates and oblige friends and some politicians.
The candidates meeting physical requirements for recruitment are made to run in open spaces to test their fitness.
Those who qualify in the given time would be appearing in a written test before undergoing medical test.
A total of 1,214 police constables are being recruited. More than 19,000 candidates have applied for the jobs and among them are many with higher education than that of matriculation needed for the constable?s job.
Such is the high number of candidates that 1,200 applicants are vying for the 213 jobs available with the Peshawar Police, known as Capital City Police.
There are 4,595 candidates in the Malakand Range, 2.548 in the Hazara Range, 2,207 in Mardan Range, 2,330 in the Nowshera Charsadda Range, 2,262 in the Kohat Range, 2,208 in the Bannu Range and 1,698 in the Dera Ismail Khan Range.