Multi-million rupees fake appointments scam foiled
Karachi, Sep 03: City Nazim Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday caught 10 officers of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) Education Department's local bodies wing red handed while preparing appointments letter on forged documents.
These officers have been suspected of distorting money to the tune of Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000 each from the would-be appointees. The scam is said to be worth multi-million rupees.
Kamal, after receiving information about the alleged scam, constituted a special monitoring team, which started keeping an eye on the involved officers. On the day, when the fake appointment letters were being processed, the monitoring team had alerted Kamal.
Immediately, after the successful raid, Kamal issued orders for suspension of the services of officers and subordinates on account of their involvement in nurturing of corruption in the field of education through offering appointment letters to 415 citizens on fake documents.
The education department has been placed at the top rank under strict monitoring while the recent recruitments were ensured on merits.
However, corruption prevails at a vast scale in the education department and several inquiries were conducted in the past on charges of corruption and induction of ghost employees in the cadre of school teachers but the authorities have yet to bring the involved to task.
On the directives of Kamal, the monitoring team has taken all record pertaining to such illegal activities, which needs further scrutiny to ascertain the crime, criminal and their links within the department and outside.
Kamal has also prompted orders for the initiation of stern disciplinary action against all those involved in the scam at the education department level. He has also ordered for submission of report carrying details after speedy completion of comprehensive inquiry into the matter.
Those whose services have been suspended include Razi-ur-Rehman (Administration Officer), Muhammad Mursalin, Mirza Jilani Baig, Saeed Ahmed, Zafar Ahmed Qureshi, Shakir Hussain, Muhammad Salim Khan and Aamir. Others from Education Department's computer section include deputy district officers Akhtar Adil, Rizwan Ali Khan and Nadeem Hussain.
According to sources, the officers involved in the scam have links to influential political personalities, CDGK officers and provincial set-up.
The involved would face first internal investigation and this would suffice to bury the entire scam after a short while, as is the track record of such cases. However, the inquiry officer that has yet to be nominated would face tremendous political and other pressures and the conclusion could be unyielding, claimed the CDGK sources.
It has also been learnt that certain officers in the CDGK Education Department have been in haste to move to safer places on leaves until the scam clams down, added the sources.
It is also pertinent to mention that almost one-and-a-half-year ago an inquiry against Keamari Town's Education Department was conducted, which had revealed that the officers and employees of the department had embezzled salaries and funds on behalf of 44 ghost employees. The inquiry report had plainly exposed names of the culprits but true action is yet awaited. Daily times
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Efforts on to get back university land
Karachi: Karachi University wants to give a backlash to the land mafia by claiming its land back, said a KU release issued here on Wednesday.
It said in order to demolish all present illegal constructions on its land on University Road, University of Karachi wants to ascertain its legal rights.
The release said a Press named 'Ali Garden' has been built illegally, spread on the area of 500 sq. yards, in front of the University Campus on the land, allocated legally to the University of Karachi.
According to the orders of the Vice Chancellor, KU, Prof. Dr. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui a legal notice has been sent to the concerned press on 13th October 2008 and a reminder was sent on October 30th 2008. According to the notice the concerned press was asked to present all the legal documents and allotment notifications within the span of seven days other wise the building would be demolished.
Along with this, a notice was also sent to the former concerned authority Defunct KDA wing (CDGK) which stated that this piece of land, with survey no. 168 Saforah Deh, is a legal possession of Karachi University. A 7.24 acres area of this land is situated on the opposite road where this press named 'Ali Garden' is situated, which, according to the owner and petitioner Usman, a legal property of his brothers M Farooq and M Javed and they bought it in 1988 through an auction advertised in Daily Dawn.
The map of this press is approved by KDA. In reply to this, on the order of the VC, Legal Section of KU and Shoaib Ashraf Advocate submitted a counter affidavit in the High Court which states that Karachi University is the legal owner of this 7.24 acres land which is situated in survey no. 168 Saforah Deh, Scheme 36, which was allotted to it in 1954 by the Chief Commissioner Karachi and was also surveyed by the Survey of Pakistan and other Govt. departments. Defunct KDA gave the allotment.
The concerned authorities granted its physical possession along with the marking pillars to the competent of authority of Karachi University of that time. In this regard University reserves the rights to claim its legal ownership. So, the present construction should be demolished.
Beside this, a letter of similar particulars was also sent to the DCO land in the same dates but the answer has not been received yet. Despite this, a petition is submitted by the illegal owner of the concerned press which is against C.D.G.K KDA wing and University of Karachi.
Although, under light of the actual facts, University has requested High Court that this piece of land was allocated to the University in 1954 endorsed by the Survey of Pakistan and other Govt. departments also, so that any allotment from respondent no. 2 or no. 3 is illegal which means that it doesn't have any legal stand. University of Karachi also requested that this plot, situated in SB-03 Block 1/A scheme no 36 Gulistan-e-Johar, has been allotted illegally and should be considered illegal because Karachi University is the legal owner of this land. The nation
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Ex-SPSC controller of exams arrested
Karachi: The Anti-Corruption Establishment on Wednesday arrested a former controller of examinations of the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) on charges of corruption, malpractices, conduct unbecoming of a civil servant, misappropriation and tampering with records of the combined competitive examinations, 2003.
The arrest of the former controller, Muhammad Umar Zaur, a grade 19 officer of the SPSC, became possible after the Sindh chief secretary granted a request by ACE Chairman Munawar Opel.
According to the record available, the SPSC had advertised the posts of deputy district officer, section officer, assistant director labour, assistant registrar cooperative societies, labour officer and ward rationing officer in the government of Sindh in 2003.
The exams for the same were held between Dec 31, 2003 and Jan 12, 2004 and the results were announced on April 10, 2004 in which 531 candidates were declared successful in the written exams. After viva voce, 77 individuals were recommended to the government for appointment in any department for which the combined competitive examinations were held.
However, on agitation in the media and by a candidate, the SPSC held a comprehensive inquiry through a three-member committee headed by Shah Mansoor Alam and comprising Nawaz Leghari and Abrar Hussain Mirza. App
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Shah Abdul Latif University LLB, LLM programmes
Khairpur: Pro Vice Chancellor of Shah Abdul Latif University of Khairpur Prof Dr Abdullah Phulpoto has announced that the university will introduce a five-year programme of LLB regular classes and two-year LLM programme. He said all arrangements had been finalised and the full law faculty will kick off from October. He said the people of upper Sindh had demanded a law faculty. He said students who had passed Intermediate examination were eligible to getting admission in the LLB programme, which is semester based. The news
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