ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Thursday directed Attorney General to submit stance of the federal government on illegal appointments in Port Qasim Authority (PQA) within two weeks. A three-member bench comprising Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali was hearing a suo moto case about 686 illegal appointments from grade 2 to 21 in PQA by former minister Babar Khan Ghauri and other governmental authorities. PQAs dysfunctional Secretary Abdul Jabbar Memon has also filed a petition challenging his removal. During the proceedings, Justice Javed Iqbal noted that majority of these appointments were made from a specific constituency. He said, We are not against giving employments to the people, but these employments should be given on merit and in accordance with the rules. He said the court would also take strict action against those who played role in illegal appointments. Federal Secretary Ports and Shipping Muhammad Saleem Khan also appeared on notice. Justice Javed said three persons of a home were appointed in grade 17, 18 and 19 the same day. He said these appointments should be declared illegal and a new advertisement should be made for these posts, adding that if anyone qualifies from the incumbent people, he should be allowed to continue. PQA Chairman Rear Admiral (Retd) Muhammad Shafi informed the court that these appointments were made during the tenure of PQAs former chairman Vice Admiral (Retd) Asad Qureshi. PQAs dysfunctional secretary said that although these appointments were made during the tenure of authoritys ex-chairman, however, the incumbent chairman has regularised these appointments. Justice Javed said if it is proved that the incumbent chairman regularised the illegal appointments then strict legal action would be taken against him. Shafir informed the court that all the service arrears of dysfunctional secretary were paid to him. Memon, contradicting the statement of PQA chairman, said he was not paid his dues. The court then directed the chairman to file a written statement stating that the dues were paid to Memon. Memon submitted that since he had pointed out irregularities, he was sacked. He said he had not been given his salary for the last five months and his family was suffering due to this injustice. The court noted that 90 per cent of the 686 people appointed in PQA were from two respected constituencies of Karachi and their appointments were against the law and merit policy. Justice Javed Iqbal observed that the court will summon all the responsible officials involved in this irregularity whether they are ministers or other governments high ups. The court noted that the illegal appointment of 688 people from only two respective constituencies while ignoring Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was not only wrong but also totally illegal. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said the unemployment was everywhere in the country but ignoring the entire country and hiring people from two constituencies was giving a bad impression. He asked the attorney general to get the government realised this illegality and ask them to stop misusing of powers. He said such illegal practices would not be tolerated again and those involved in such illegalities will have to face the consequences. The hearing was adjourned for two weeks.