PESHAWAR   -   PMS Officers Association Saturday condemned the arrest of employ­ees of the Civil Secretariat under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) Ordinance and their detention in the DI Khan Jail for 30 days.

A statement issued by the All Paki­stan PMS Officers Association’s con­vener Fahad Ikram Qazi stated that the arrested employees were plan­ning a peaceful protest against arbi­trary act of giving quota to employ­ees of districts’ employees into the PMS . “This has rarely happened in the history of Civil Secretariat where employees are treated with such high-handedness,” it said.

It added the association demands immediate release of all the arrested staff members and conducting an in­quiry against those who mishandled this situation.

It further said that any change in terms and conditions of the PMS Ser­vice cannot be done without consul­tations with all stake holders.

“The federal PAS officers , posted in the province intend to dilute and un­dermine PMS by encouraging induc­tions, deputations and even harming the very structure of Provincial Civil Service to keep it weak and subservi­ent to federal PAS service ,” said the convener of the association.