Quaid-i-Azam University irregularities | Zubaida Jalal scam
Financial irregularities 12 QAU projects
Islamabad, Aug 16, 2008: Financial irregularities, unnecessary delay and mismanagement
have been observed in 12 development projects being implemented by the
Quaid-i-Azam University thus stressing the need for special audit by the Higher
Education Commission (HEC).
The development projects initiated by the
university were the up-gradation & strengthening of QAU phase-I, hostel for
visiting faculty, strengthening of national institute of historical and cultural
research centre of excellence, development & study of magnetic
nanostructures, establishment of National Institute of Vacuum Sciences and
Technology, National Center for Bio-Informatics, establishment of 5 MV tandem
accelerator at Department of Physics, strengthening of Taxila Institute of Asian
Civilisation, upgradation & strengthening of Dr Raziuddin Siddiqui Memorial
Library, establishment of Experimental Physics Laboratory, Master Trainers in
Physics and Up-gradation of QAU Phase-II.
The total cost of these projects
were Rs 2182.38 million out of which Rs 1406.83 million were released up to June
2007 but the expenditure remained 1062.516 million which constitute 76 percent
of the total release and 49 percent of the total cost.
The total release to
the university remained Rs 1495.290 million out of which Rs 1196.346 million
were spent up to December 2007, which constitutes 80 percent of the total
The project incharge of various development projects are kept
changing frequently and expenditure meant for civil work is being used for other
purposes. Accounts are not maintained properly as services of professional
accountant are not hired to reconcile the accounts of the projects.
purchase of equipment and furniture remained delayed and implementation of
various projects was poor. It has also been learnt that the releases by the HEC
were without observing actual expenditures.
The National Institute of
Historical & Cultural Research at the university is still under construction
though its PC-I had been approved in 1976. Its construction started in 2004 and
had to be completed with in two years.
The project of "Master Trainers in
Physics" was started to train the non-Ph.D faculty of Physics department.
Foreign faculty had had to be hired for the training in summer as envisaged in
the project but local Ph.Ds were hired to train the non-Ph.D faculty and the
project was 24 months delayed.
Scope of work of various projects was being
changed without approval and professional officials and Independent Project
Directors are rarely hired which has led to mismanagement and delay in the
implementation of the projects. The Nation
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Zubaida Jalal lands in major financial scam
Islamabad: The former federal minister from Balochistan, Zubaida Jalal, is at
the centre of a big scam in the multi-billion rupee education project, as a
shocking inquiry report into her alleged role in the financial embezzlement and
irregularities has been submitted to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.
While the former minister was not available for comments, sources close
to her said she would fight the charges at every forum. Once the favourite lady
education minister of Musharrafís first cabinet after the military coup of
October 12, 1999, Jalal was introduced to the whole world as an enlightened
moderate and a role model for the Baloch and Pakistani women.
also has ended up facing serious allegations of misuse of funds at her own
residence and offices. She is also facing charges of openly protecting the most
corrupt officers who, with her sweet blessings, were making millions of rupees
right under her nose from literacy and feeding projects, which were launched in
her province to teach and give food to the backward Baloch children in
Jalal was so portrayed to the world for her role in spread of
education that even US Secretary of State Ms Rice had invited her to the White
House, triggering the speculation that she may one day end up becoming the
countryís prime minister.
The shocking allegations have been levelled
against Jalal by PMís Inspection Commission (PMIC) inquiry report, saying she
presided over the process of payment of millions of rupees in cash given to many
dubious companies in the name of renovation of her residence and office and
other such expenses without any authorisation.
These investigations were
earlier ordered by PM Gilani after receiving reports about massive
irregularities in the execution of a project that was launched to provide food
to Baloch children between the age of 5 and 12 years.
The PMIC has now
submitted a six-page report to PM Gilani, which reveals: ìThere is ample
evidence to believe that Irfanullah Khan (main culprit of the scam) had the
patronage of Zubaida Jalal and a lady senator from Balochistan, who always saved
him from any accountability or action on account of his corruption in the
execution of two projects, which he was handling in Balochistan."
report said Irfanullah was so protected by minister Jalal that after he was
suspended on charges of corruption in the Education ministry, he was given
another project in Social Welfare Ministry after Jalal was given the portfolio
when Shaukat Aziz took the charge as the prime minister.
PM Gilani has
been told that the officer being held responsible for the scam was so close to
the minister that in the Social Welfare Ministry in 2005, she handed him over a
multi-billion project, which was also suspended after serious allegations of
The amounts were given to project director of Balochistan
Irfanaullah Khan to provide food to children in Balochistan schools. But, in the
end, it has now been learnt that he, along with the minister, misappropriated
According to the inquiry report, PM Gilani had directed the
PMIC to inquire into alleged financial irregularities committed by those who
were executing the non-formal literacy project in Balochistan and then the
Tawana Pakistan Project (TPP).
According to the inquiry report, the
Benazir Bhutto government had launched the literacy project in 1995 with an
amount of Rs 1.2 billion, an amount which was later increased. In 2005, the
Ministry of Education initiated an inquiry into the alleged corruption and
misappropriation of funds by officers and staff of the NFBE Balochistan.
The 30-page report clearly stated that Irfanullah Khan, who had been
director of the NFBE Balochistan for almost 10 years, did not exercise financial
and administrative controls expected of him as the head of the provincial
office. He indulged in nepotism and excessive spending without following the
code formalities. He used his position to provide undue favour to his political
As a reward for his corruption, he was given another
multi-billion project by the Social Welfare Ministry after Zubaida Jalal took
over its charge in 2005. The second project in Balochistan, the TPP project for
girls, was approved in 2002 with an outlay of Rs 3 billion for a period of 54
months to address the nutritional needs of school children between the age of 5
and 12 years.
The executing agency was the Ministry of Women
Development, Social Welfare and Special Education. The project remained
operational till June 2005. Feeding activities were suspended on account of
ineffective procedures of execution and lack of proper administration of work.
Consequently, a third party evaluation was held to assess the performance of the
Though the project was suspended, Irfanullah Khan was appointed the
National Project Director on June 30, 2005. He was transferred from the Ministry
of Education in 2005, shortly after Zubaida Jalal became the minister of social
welfare and special education.
The timings of the postings and
appointments were clearly indicative of Zubaida Jalalís patronage he enjoyed.
Notwithstanding the fact that the project stood suspended, Irfanullah started to
spend the fund without proper approval or authorisation in total disregard of
the government rules and procedures. ìUnfortunately, the minister Zubaida
ignored his activities,î the report said.
Huge amounts were spent on
irregular appointments of officer and staff, the report said, adding that big
contracts were awarded in violation of government rules and regulations, while
the MOUs, which had no legal importance, were signed. Irregular payments were
made to various firms on account of base line survey. Payments were also made to
a large number of firms and companies without any legal authority.
the suspension of the project, the Bait-ul-Maal, as one of the executing
partners, stopped the payment from its accounts. However, Irfanullah Khan
prevailed upon the ministry to get the bank accounts transferred to his
organisation. An amount of Rs 571 million in two accounts with the National Bank
of Pakistan was put under his control. The expenditures and appointments of
personnel made by Irfanullah were far beyond his power as the project director.
The report said the two inquiry reports established that Irfanullah Khan enjoyed
the political patronage of Zubaida Jalal and one female senator.
projects that he headed were under the same federal minister in two different
ministries. He was also able to circumvent the senior bureaucracy through his
easy access to the minister and his other political benefactors.
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80 HEC projects shelved for want of funds
Islamabd: The Senate Standing Committee on Education on Friday urged the
government to avoid reductions in development and recurring budget of the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) as it would adversely impact projects launched for
the promotion of higher education.
The committee, which met at the
Parliament House with Senator Mrs Razina Alam Khan in the chair, was given a
detailed presentation on the meeting of vice-chancellors of public sector
universities with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) recently.
meeting was also briefed on the code of conduct formulated by the HEC for
student unions. Committee members expressed their surprise and dismay over the
fact that 80 projects of the HEC had been dropped due to financial
The committee also expressed its reservations over the
restoration of student unions in educational institutes. Senators were of the
view a thorough and comprehensive code of conduct was the need of the hour so
that students might not indulge in such activities that could hamper their
The meeting also constituted a sub-committee to give its input
on the issue of formulation of code of conduct for student unions. The mandate
of the sub-committee would be to see whether the code of conduct is properly
The sub-committee would have representation from all
political parties in the upper house so that a consensus could be developed on
the issue. Earlier, HEC Chairman Dr Attaur Rehman informed the committee about
the decisions taken by the 4th vice-chancellors meeting held recently.
said the vice-chancellors' meeting had recommended to the government to provide
grant for payment of 'pay & allowances' of universities employees as well as
to meet increasing cost of utilities.
Dr Atta further said reduction in
the recurring budget must be reversed. The meeting was attended by Senators Mrs
Rehana Yahya Baloch, Liaquat Ali Bagulzai, Sajid Mir and Prof Muhammad Ibrahim
Khan, besides the HEC chairman and senior officials of the HEC. The News
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Colleges given degree status, no facilities yet
Rawalpindi: Despite upgradation of intermediate colleges to degree level last year the Punjab
government has not yet upgraded them structurally as many of them lack
classrooms and science laboratories to the disappointment of
Sources said that the government through a
notification in December 2007 had upgraded 35 intermediate colleges in the
province, including nine colleges in Rawalpindi district, to degree level to
improve the education standards.
The upgraded colleges in Rawalpindi
district include Government Intermediate College for Girls Daultala, Government
Intermediate College for Boys Daultala, Hashmat Ali Government Intermediate
College for Boys Dhoke Kashmirian, Government Khadija Intermediate College for
Girls Dhoke Syedan, Government Intermediate College for Girls Khyaban-e-Sir
Syed, Government Intermediate College for Girls Taxila, Government Intermediate
College for Boys Kalar Syedan, Government Intermediate College for Girls Chakrai
and Government Intermediate College for Girls Sihala.
Sources said city's
three upgraded colleges had no classrooms to start BA and BSc classes. Boys who
have passed the HSSC examination recently said that they were happy
with the upgradation of Hashmat Ali College as a large number of students would
be able to get admission in BA and BSc classes. "We were disappointed to learn
that degree classes will not start this year," they added.
Ali College for Boys Principal Sadiq Malik said this year they would start
classes of only BA. He said they would be able to start BSc, BCS and BCom
classes after the construction of new building. He said the construction of new
building would start after transfer of school land measuring 10
Hashmat Ali College for Boys and Government Khadija College for
Girls, Dhoke Syedan, do not have their own buildings since they were
nationalised in 1973, while Government Intermediate College for Girls
Khyaban-e-Sir Syed has its own building. Hashmat Ali College classes are being
held in hostel of Comprehensive Boys High School, while Khadija College had been
shifted to Government Primary School for Boys, Dhoke Syedan in
Former principal of Hashmat Ali College said that in
1982 the then secretary education during his visit to the college allotted 10
kanals of land of the school to the college, but his orders were verbal and no
written contract was provided to them.
He said after introduction of
Local Government System schools were given to the city district government,
while colleges were provincial subject and the universities were under Higher
He said transfer of school land to college was only
an inter-departmental issue. He said they could start construction on the land
with the issuance of a no objection certificate (NOC) by the district
coordination officer (DCO). He said so far the DCO had not given them NOC to
start the construction work. Daily Times
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