A very special daughter of chief justice
Additional marks for Justice Dogar's daughter in F.Sc examination
Nov 26: The story of how the daughter of the chief justice of Pakistan
was awarded around 20 additional marks in her F.Sc examination is, in the first
case, an example of journalism at its best. While such happenings are not
unusual in our country, the skilful exposure of the case illustrates precisely
how such nepotism works.
The account of how the story came finally to be
published also speaks volumes about our political and social setup and the
tendency within it for the influential to act to protect each other and the
distorted system that benefits them.
In many nations of the world, a
public account of how a candidate's papers were 're-checked', how her grade was
jacked up and past rulings of the Supreme Court blatantly violated in the
process would have led to an immediate resignation of the chief justice. It is
to be seen if this attitude changes in the near future. In the past too, other
figures in key places have acted in much the same way. So far the chief justice
has denied any role in the sequence of events that led his daughter to
collecting additional marks and gaining eligibility to apply to medical
colleges, among other institutions. Naturally, no one is prepared to believe
this happened all on its own. As the story states, an approach had been made
from judicial offices to top people on the Federal Board of Intermediate and
At one level, the story is an account of a corrupt
system that many of us now accept as the reality. A resignation to it can be
found everywhere. The argument that because others indulge in wrongdoing, it is
ok to do the same can be heard in many places and at many different levels. This
attitude is of course a key factor in allowing the system to continue
unchallenged. When there is a will, institutions of higher learning based in the
private sector have shown, there is a way to ensure merit prevails over all
else. When this rule is ignored, the true sufferers, then, are hapless
candidates not born in the homes of the powerful. Those who have opined that the
story should not have been published as it involves the career of a young woman
should perhaps have also turned their attention to the careers of thousands of
her peers who received no similar boost.
There is, in the current
situation, another dimension to the story. The account of how grades for a
privileged child were acquired and how power was abused to do so also reinforces
doubts about those who today hold posts at the top of the judicial pyramid. As
the controversy over the pre-November 3 judiciary rages on, this only further
undermines the authority of Justice Dogar. Both his legal and moral right to
call himself the chief justice of Pakistan is now under question. How he
conducts himself could either help salvage what judicial integrity remains or
leave it crushed totally into the ground in a society where justice and an even
playing field are denied to most citizens. The News
Justice Dogar's Daughter Already Admitted to Medical College
In writing about the controversy of Justice Abdul
Hameed Dogar's daughter's F.Sc. marks being jacked up I had mused that
"neither 640 nor 661 marks in F.Sc. gets you into a medical college, at least
not on merit." It seems that I was wrong
. It does. And in the
case of Farah Hameed Dogar, daughter of Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, it did!. Not on merit, of course. But who cares for merit when judges have a "special
quota." Someone, please tell me why judges need a quota on medical college
The News Ansar Abassi said:
Farah Hameed Dogar, the daughter of the chief justice of Pakistan, whose FSc
marks were jacked up, thereby, sparking a controversy, has already been
admitted to a medical college against a special quota reserved for
judges, although, the same college had refused to entertain her
application before her marks were revised by the FBISE.
The earlier refusal of the Islamic Medical College,
Rawalpindi, had primarily come because Farah Dogar was in Grade-C with
only 641 marks. But only a week after her first attempt, she submitted a fresh
application along with a new marks sheet to the college, which accepted her
application only because the new result showed her in Grade-B with 661
Farah Dogar's case file also shows that after the validly-allowed re-checking
of her answer sheets and improvement of her original marks from 640 to the
previous 641, her file in the FBISE did not move for 20 days. It was during
these days when the chief justice's daughter first applied for the entry test in
the Islamic Medical College.
However, the file suddenly found wings on Sept 10, 2008 when
the then chairman FBISE Commodore (retd) Shamshad, in violation of the board
rules, ordered: "Pl have the answer books of this candidate re-assessed."
This order of the chairman came only five days prior to the last date - i.e.
Sept 15, which was fixed by the administration of the Islamic Medical College
for the submission of applications for the entry test.
Since the deadline was approaching fast, the controller of examination
referred the case to his deputy controller examination on Sept 11. This deputy
controller on the same day wrote on the file: "Special arrangements may please
be made, as directed by the chairman, today" and referred it back to his
controller of examinations.
The very next day, on Sept 12, the controller of examinations noted: "Pl call
the examiner concerned. Proceed as directed by the CM (chairman)" and sent it
back to the deputy controller, examinations, who wrote on the file: "Immediate
On Sept 13, all the examiners concerned were made to attend the controller,
examination (Sec) office to reassess her answer sheets. Normally, the answer
sheets where the re-checking is required are sent to examiners in sealed
envelopes but in this case, the "head examiners" were made to attend the office
of the controller of examinations.
After the controversial re-assessment, which resulted in an increase in her
marks from 640 to 661, an assistant controller of examinations referred the case
to the deputy controller of examinations on Sept 15. The same day the file was
moved to the chairman, who granted his approval to the new marks.
The controller of examinations directed the office concerned to prepare the
revised marks sheet the same day. The file showed that it was not only prepared
the same day but was also handed over to the chairman through the controller of
examinations personally. And the same day, the candidate's application along
with the new marks sheet reached the Islamic Medical College's admission
section, where it was accepted for the entry test.
The candidate took the entry test on Sept 21 along with other candidates.
She passed the entry test but could not qualify to get admission on open
merit. She was, however, given admission against a quota, which is allocated by
the college for sons and daughters of judges under an agreement reached between
the university and the Al-Meezan Foundation several years ago.
The Al-Meezan Foundation was created in the old building of the Supreme Court
of Pakistan at Peshawar Road, Rawalpindi, for the welfare of judges, both
serving and retired. The college management confirmed to The News that
one candidate recommended by the foundation was offered admission, provided the
candidate had more than 660 marks (first division at least) in FSc and that
he/she also passed the entry test.
Meanwhile, a source said for the one-seat quota of judges, some other
candidates were also in the run to get admission but luck smiled on the chief
justice's daughter. The source asked this correspondent to dig into the
matter as to what had happened in the Al-Meezan Foundation and who from amongst
the scions of judges higher in merit for the single seat did not get it because
of the chief justice's daughter.
Major (retd) Munir Azam, who until recently was associated with the college
administration, confirmed to this correspondent that Farah Dogar had initially
applied for the entry test but her application was rejected and returned because
she did not have the minimum 60 per cent marks.
It was also learnt that the former chairman of the FBISE, Commodore (retd)
Shamshad, who enjoyed six years of term as the head of the federal board, is
being tipped as chairman of the under formation National Education Regulatory
Authority (NERA). However, due to this controversy, the retired commodore is
expected to lose the post-retirement government job.
By way of update to yesterday's story, the Federal Board of Intermediate and
Secondary Education (FBISE) has now issued a curt rejoinder and has responded to it:
The Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education on Tuesday
clarified that the marks of Farah Hameed Dogar, the daughter of the chief
justice of Pakistan, were revised along with 200 other candidates.
In a brief press release issued by the controller of examinations after the
case exploded in the media, the board said: "The application of
rechecking of result is covered by the rules of the board. After declaration of
the HSSC Part-II annual examination 2008 result, 1,093 candidates applied for
rechecking of their papers. Resultantly, there was no discrepancy in cases of
892 candidates and whereas certain discrepancies were found in the cases of 201
candidates. The case of Miss Farah Hameed Dogar, d/o Abdul Hameed
Dogar, was also one of the 201 cases where the results were revised, and revised
marks sheets were issued to all students."
Ansar Abbasi adds: The board has again tried to mislead the
people as it is correct that in 201 cases results were revised but out of 201
cases, only in one case the examination papers were re-marked and the numbers
increased. In the other 200 cases, only errors in adding the total marks were
The board officials have re-confirmed to me that there was only one case of
re-assessment (re-marking) of papers while the other 200 were of recounting and
correcting the totals. The board should come clean and state the facts instead
of misleading the people. The News stands by its story.
However, thsi story is causing more stir than Justice Dogar might have
wanted. Although Education Minister Bijarani (who has his own controversies to
worry about) remains silent, the Minister of State for Education Ghulam
Farid Kathia seems to have reacted. But a rather interesting reaction it is:
Minister of State for Education Ghulam Farid Kathia conceded on Tuesday that
an illegality had been committed in the case of the chief justice's daughter but
said no allegation could be levelled against any person at this stage.
Kathia told The News that an inquiry into the issue will be
conducted and those found guilty of misuse of power will be punished. To a
question, he said no influence, even from the office of the chief justice, could
affect the findings of the inquiry or action against the involved persons in
The minister, however, did not give a time period during which his ministry
would be in a position to reverse the wrong step.
And that is where things stand right now. Seems like we will be hearing
plenty more about this yet.
Adil Najam - www.pakistaniat.com
"Justice Chaudry's son, Arsalan failed in the Intermidiate Examination, his result was changed and he got admission in Bolan Medical College in gross violation of merit. Later he was forcefully and illegally inducted as an officer of grade 17 in the Health Department of Balouchistan Government on a non existing post. To please his beloved son who was not happy with his job as a doctor, Justice Chaudry used his influence to get him posted in FIA headquarters against a non existing post . DG FIA protested but the Ministry told him to keep quite lest the CJP gets annoyed. After a while when Doctor Arsalan was not happy serving at FIA, his father ordered the concerned authorities to send him for training at the Police Academy Sihala. On being told that training at Sihala was only meant for formally inducted police officers the CJP got annoyed and conveyed to the authorities that orders of the CJP were final. After a few weeks in Sihala, Doctor Arsalan was ill legally posted to the Punjab Police. At Lahore he started wearing police uniform without having been inducted in the police and gave himself the rank of an SP. IG Punjab protested but was advised to keep quite. The IG was ordered to send Doctor Arsalan for a foreign course to Turkey on which a senior police officer after due selection was supposed to go. The CJP told the Ministry of Interior to induct Arsalan in Police. He was advised that rules did not allow induction of a grade 17 officer in the police without selection through the Fedral Public Service Commission. On this the Chief Justice ordered ill legal promotion of his son to grade 18 with only five months of service where as this grade is earned after a mandatory 5 years of service. Thereafter, he told the establishment to transfer him to Police as he was no more in grade 17. The establishment division objected to the ill legal demand on which the Establishment Secretary was summoned by the CJP at residence in the middle of the night and warned not to obstruct. The CJP visited the PM at his residence , several times, often late at night, for waiver on rules to facilitate Arsalan's induction in the police. On being told that the PM did not have authority, the CJP got very annoyed with the PM. Besides favours to his son there are other serious charges of misconduct against Chaudry. Justice Chaudry is a benificary of the public outrage against an unpopular government. The Supreme Court at that time too refused to investigate charges against a brother judge (on technical grounds). Charges against Justice Dogar are serious and must be investigated, preferably, without involving politics by a non political body. To ensure fair play this body should also look into favours of parental love of Mr Chaudry?"
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
"i just would like to pay attention towards this farah hameed dogar case and fight against so called parental love. We called here that journalism is independent, is it so..?? no, sometimes it just look like as one sided and intollerant. if they are creating otherness between Ex-chierf justice son arsalan and farah dogar. if its only the matter of system, then there are infinite examples of such happenings in the society.. where people are doing so.. no change wil be done..!! despite of this, it is still somehow digested if they only stand on her marks dispute, but in todays paper, a copy of farah`s examination notebook was established.now this is beyond the limits..and totally towards giving her mental stress and making her unable to continue her studies. whtever farah did, but not on a practical life level, nor any other institutiuon is affected because of her, its the only act what chief justice dogar did regarding her daughter, but wht Mr. Ex-chief justie did?? arsalan was illegally oppointed as grade 17 officer in healh deptt. and then furtherly had promoted to SP in FIA headquarters despite the protest organiztion`s DG. So.. where are the media publications against him now??? wht was he doing as SP in punjab police being realated to medical field?? without FPSC??? there is still alot if difference farah and arsalan`s case.. its the matter of giving additional marks ans that was the matter of illegal posting in federal institutions and wearing police uniform of punjab police..!! "
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
" My comment is that u should reduce the recheking fee.thanks"
Name: zia ul haq
City, Country: khanewal
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BZU holds slogan writing competition
Multan: A slogan writing competition among students of the
Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) held here on Tuesday in connection with the
International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women.
competition was organised by the White Ribbon Campaign Pakistan and BZU Career
Development Centre at the university's IMS Hall.
BZU Vice-Chancellor Dr
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students from various BZU departments participated.
The slogan, Gongian
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department, stood first, while Kiran Zuhra of Gender Studies and Ayesha Romaan
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women and to involve every individual as a responsible stakeholder in women's
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development of the country was a prerequisite to compete in today's world of
globalisation, adding that poverty and ignorance were the root causes of women
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