Introduction of FST
Federal Service Tribunal has been constituted under Article 212 of Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 to adjudicate upon matter relating to the terms and conditions of Civil Servants. The Tribunal has exclusive jurisdiction to hear such cases. The primary objective of establishment of Tribunal is to provide independent and autonomous forum for adjudication of disputes relating to the conditions of service of the persons in the Service of Pakistan. The Tribunal is headquartered in Islamabad and has two Camp Offices in Lahore and Karachi. The Tribunal is headed by Honorable Chairman (Retired Judge of High Court) and Members appointed by the President who are experienced administrators, district and session judge or senior advocates of High Court and above.
The Tribunal charge no fee from the appellants / Civil Servants for filing of appeal or other documents. However, a nominal amount of Rs.100/- as Cash Security and Rs.60/- per respondent, as Cost of Service is being charged by the appellants, out of which Rs.100/- is refundable to the appellant after the final decision of their appeals. Judgments are also being provided to the appellants free of cost on their residential address given by them. Rs.1/- per page is being charged for providing certified copies from the applicants as copying fee. Appellants are also allowed to argue their cases themselves without hiring of the services of advocate.
The Tribunal has proved its efficacy and utility since its establishment as it has provided relief against arbitrary and whimsical use of administrative power by the authorities vis-à-vis the subordinate civil servants and protected their rights.