Peshawar University former registrar allegations

Serious allegations levelled against UoP former registrar
Peshawar, May 14: Already sent on forced leave, serious allegations of nepotism in appointments, misuse of power and other irregularities have been levelled against Shirinzada Khattak, former registrar of the University of Peshawar.

In an open letter to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Owais Ahmad Ghani, who is also the chancellor of public sector universities, Dr Islam Gul, who has not mentioned his designation and department, stated that the chancellor's directives about removal of Shirinzada could not be implemented. The letter had also been copied to the editors of various newspapers.

Titled "non-compliance of the directives of the chancellor" some serious allegations of nepotism in appointments were levelled in the letter against Shirinzada, who is no more the registrar of the university. In the 22-point letter, the complainant has alleged that Shirinzada during his tenure as registrar recruited dozens of his close relatives on various positions in the university.

Most of these allegations were highlighted in The News several months back. Talking to The News on that occasion Shirinzada had explained his position and claimed that merit had been followed in all the cases including the appointment of his wife in the bio-technology department, sister in University Model School and nephews, nieces and cousins in various departments of the university.

The chancellor had already taken notice of the alleged irregularities committed by the registrar due to which he was sent on forced leave. It has, however, been projected by the university administration that he was sent on medical leave, sources told this correspondent.

On the other hand, another official of the university remarked that the serving officials never dared to unveil the misdeeds of those at the helm of affairs. But when they got retired, they go to media and levelled allegations against their former colleague.

The official said he did not know the identity of Dr Islam Gul who levelled allegations against Shirinzada. He pointed out that it was a common phenomenon that the retiring professors always wish to be given extensions and when they are refused extensions, they resort to such tactics. The news

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No trace of VC abducted 6 months ago
Peshawar: The government has failed to recover Kohat University of Science and Technology vice-chancellor Professor Syed Lutfullah Kakakhel despite lapse of six months.

The vice-chancellor was kidnapped from Akhurwal area of Darra Adamkhel when he was on way from the university to his home in Peshawar on November 6 last year.

Shehryar Kakakhel, the brother-in-law of the kidnapped educationist said that his family had used all possible links for his safe recovery but so far no effort had proved successful.

"Yes, during his captivity the captors allowed him to talk to his family members for a couple of times," he said, and demanded of the government to take serious steps for his safe recovery.

He claimed that Professor Kakakhel was in the custody of Taliban led by Tariq Afridi and Akhonzada Aslam Ferozkhel. They had communicated a list of demands but the government was yet to pay serious heed to the matter, he added.

The demands' list, he said, had been communicated twice to the authorities concerned during the past six months. There were 100 per cent chances of his early recovery but the government was least bothered to take immediate action in this regard, he said.

He said that Taliban demanded release of some militants and huge ransom for recovery of the educationist. "It is the duty of the government to protect lives and properties of the people, especially its employees," he added.

Salih Lutfullah Kakakhel, the son of the vice-chancellor, said that they were leading very miserable life since the kidnapping of his father. "We are worried about his health and life but unable to do anything for his release," he added. Dawn

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