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KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has admitted that "a large number of fake appointments were made in the education department during the previous tenure of the PPP government" but shied away from giving an exact number of such appointments which the opposition members put at a colossal 30,000.

He said that action was being taken against the officers concerned responsible for the serious irregularity but no action was planned against former education minister Pir Mazharul Haq.

Mr Khuhro was responding to questions by different legislators during the question hour about the education department at the Sindh Assembly’s session on Friday, which was first chaired by speaker Agha Siraj Durrani and later by deputy speaker Shehla Raza.

Towards the end of the question hour, heated verbal exchanges were made between the treasury and the opposition benches and the assembly depicted a scene from the proverbial fish market when Mr Khuhro raised objection to a remark passed by a legislator of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

Pakistan Muslim League-Functional legislator Nusrat Abbasi had earlier asked if it was true that 30,000 fake appointments had been made in the education department.

Mr Khuhro replied without either endorsing or rejecting the huge figure and said that "a large number of bogus appointments of teaching and non-teaching staff had been made beyond the sanctioned strength" and without completing legal formalities as laid down in the recruitment rules by former directors of school education Karachi in connivance with district officers during 2012–13.

He said that 12 officers had been suspended over misconduct and show-cause notices had been served on them under the Removal from Service (Special Powers) Sindh Ordinance 2000.

The officers are: Attaullah Bhutto, Shamsuddin Dal, Mumtaz Ali Shaikh, Ahmed Nawaz Naizi, Bashir Ahmed Niazi, Ms Farnaz Riaz, Abdul Jabbar Dayo, Abdul Latif Mughal, Musharaf Ali, Liaquat Ali Solangi, Imran Ali Solangi and Naveed Ahmed.

Mr Khuhro said that the suspended officers as well as those who were appointed by them had moved the courts and the government was defending its actions against them.

To another question by Ms Abbasi, the minister said that as against teaching posts of 1,400 in Karachi, 6,000 appointments had been made and against 2,900 posts of non-teaching staff 4,000 had been recruited.

He said in answer to a question that there was no proof the officers had taken bribe to make the excess appointments without following the procedure. Asked if any action had been taken against the former education minister, Pir Mazharul Haq, Mr Khuhro said that no proof of irregularity was found against him either as all formalities – issuing appointment letters, offer letters, etc – were processed by the officers concerned.

He did not respond to a question if it did not amount to connivance on the part of the former minister then it was sheer inefficiency that he failed to detect such a serious and large-scale breach of rules to make 30,000 fake appointments.

Answering a question by MQM legislator Khalid Ahmed that the irregularity was so serious that not only action should be taken against the minister concerned but the chief minister should also accept responsibility for the recruitment of thousands of incompetent people without following the laid down procedure.

Mr Khuhro replied by objecting to the use of the term ‘incompetent’ by the MQM legislator and said the people of Sindh should not be referred to as such. The objection angered all MQM legislators who stood up and started talking simultaneously. Information minister Sharjeel Memon also stood up to second Mr Khuhro’s stand and in the meantime some treasury members started thumping the desks.

Ms Raza, who was chairing the session at that time, asked the opposition members to sit down and calmly listen to the ministers, by remarking that media would call it a fish market. But the legislators did not listen to her and she adjourned the session for 10 minutes after declaring the time for the question hour was over.

Earlier the legislators, including MQM’s Moeen Pirzada, had complained that the written replies were incomplete but Mr Khuhro insisted the replies were complete.

Responding to a question by MQM’s Heer Soho about the bills passed "by the assembly for the establishment of universities over the past five years," the written reply gave names of only five public sector universities and on a supplementary question the minister said the bills regarding some other private universities were also passed but he insisted the written reply was complete. Ms Raza agreed with the legislators that incomplete information was provided and that complete information be given.

To another question by Ms Soho which asked specifically "district-wise number of schools which were provided facilities between 2010–13," the written reply did give the number of schools but did not give the district-wise breakup.

But the minister still insisted that complete information had been provided and surprisingly, speaker Durrani, who was presiding at that time, agreed with the minister. Mr Khuhro later started to read out names of the districts in which schools had been rehabilitated.

The written reply said that rehabilitation of a total of 2,659 schools had been undertaken since 2010 – 11 and 498 of these were still under construction. Out of the 2,659 schools, 319 schools were shelter-less, 1,219 did not have boundary walls and 1,561 were without toilets while others lacked some other basic facilities, it said.

Comments (21) Closed

Aziz Apr 12, 2014 10:42am

In Gilgit Batistan, CM reinstated unqualified illegally inducted more than 190 teacher.we didn't see any coverage in national media.No illegally hired case reported from hunza other than that from all the districts teachers were inducted against 3 to 5 lak rupees

Concerned Apr 12, 2014 11:12am

Shame on everyone who is involved in such crime. Don't they have a conscious.I guess they don't care, One day they will have to answer .

AJamal Apr 12, 2014 11:25am

PPP voted in power means jobs to its workers and sale of appointment letters to the benefit of its leaders. As for governance and performance who cares.

sabeeh omer Apr 12, 2014 12:14pm

What is so surprising about this piece of news? If you piecemeal PPP's governance you would find it riddled with cases of nepotism, bribery, incompetence, and irregularities to name just a few. It is a party where there is no accountability and where evil has metastasized from the top to the lower most cadre.

SYED WASIM HAIDER Apr 12, 2014 12:36pm

This is the worst thing u can do for your own people and for their coming generations to appoint incapable staff in teaching profession. Will these MPs will like their children to be taught with these types of teachers or they will send their kids to private schools where merit is the criteria for employment. For God sake please appoint the best available teachers even if they do not belong to Sindh if you are serious with the education enhancement among the children of this province.

Sam Apr 12, 2014 02:17pm

Ohh, PPPs corruption at its peak in Sindh. Whereas in KPK PTI is kicking out corrupt ministers one by one.

Salma Apr 12, 2014 02:41pm

No one is more corrupt than PPP. The People of Sindh are going to pay the price eventually. One day they will question the developement of Punjab but they do not understand that they need to get rid of these wadera's and fight the corruption by not voting on a set pattern.

Muhammad Ashraf Apr 12, 2014 03:31pm

If you want to destroy a nation, destroy its education system, rest will happen by itself. We do not need enemy, we are more than enough for the purpose

Yawar Apr 12, 2014 05:24pm

At least PPP has the courage to admit that this corruption took place and for releasing the names of some of the people involved. And if PPP is truly sincere about getting rid of the lable of being the most corrupt party, then it will have to name not only those responsible but also all the beneficiaries of this corruption.

Taj Ali Apr 12, 2014 06:58pm

Bilwal is already being trained to became corrupt. PPP most corrupt party in Pakistan.

JustWsf Apr 12, 2014 08:09pm

In my opinion it seems this he (khoro) did not get his ' partial payment ' from teachers salary so he is angry and disclosing the and OPENED SECRET ...... (yeh sub chooor hain)

JustWsf Apr 12, 2014 08:13pm

I love it .....Great ...Nation Great leader

." ....but no action was planned against former education minister Pir Mazharul Haq...."

Feroze K Apr 12, 2014 08:30pm

"Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has admitted that "a large number of fake appointments were made in the education department during the previous tenure of the PPP government" This just a frosting on the cake. Check out how many illegal appointments were made in PIA., all PPP Jayalas. Check out how many illegal, pro party workers were given jobs in police & judiciary in Karachi. In the name of sham democracy, corruption flourished during AAZardri & MQM combined rule.

paklover Apr 12, 2014 10:33pm

it is extremely unfortunate that such incompetent people come to govern Sindh. I bear witness to the pathetic education system in sindh, where not even a single school is functioning in whole province. copy culture is rampant from primary to university. a few months before teachers of sindh university vociferously campaigned against a PPP crony vice chancellor, but he was not removed even though university remained closed for many months. such is the seriousness of PPP leaders in sindh education. i wish governor rule should be imposed in sindh and federal government itself bring some respite to the people of sindh. amen

Ahmed Apr 12, 2014 10:36pm

Why I am not surprised?

Ahmed Apr 12, 2014 10:36pm

@Taj Ali: In short agree

Zak Apr 12, 2014 10:40pm

How can these people live with themselves. They use the government department like this and all of Pakistan suffers. It was not like this before

DJ Apr 12, 2014 11:46pm

@AJamal: Issue is not just that. It is in DNA. Jinnah was the only freedom fighter who never went to jail during Indian Independence Movement.

Khalid Apr 13, 2014 12:11am

30,000 fake jobs. 30,000 people given jobs as favours. PPP has a party that is full of corrupt leaders and corrupt followers. Followers expect reward for supporting PPP and the party obliges by giving away jobs for which Pakistani taxpayers will pay forever. What a sorry state of affairs. Is there no one anywhere in Pakistan who can bring charges against the people who were involved in this scam?. I bet PMLN does exactly the same thing or more. For how long would the people of Pakistan, the average citizen, keep paying for these criminal political parties?.

syed Apr 13, 2014 04:30am

That is why Sindhis keep electing PPP from interior Sindh but these people dont realise that by giving jobs to the incompetent and using the quota system, you are cutting this country's roots and ruining all departments. This is because PPP ministers and even current head Zardari is incompetent and have fake degrees. Look at Nisar Khuhro and his fake credentials. What is happening in education is no wonder bound to happen when such incompetents are at the helm of affairs---I pity Sindh where entire govt is corrupt and incompetent and keep filling govt jobs with incompetent people to destroy everything and thus most learned, educated people in urban areas go out of country---in any other country these ministers would have been in jails for their henious crimes.

FIZA Apr 13, 2014 07:11am

So now the truth surfaces why many absentee teachers never showed up for classes during the Zardari reign. Who suffers the most when such bogus appointments take place? Obviously, the poor students and their families - especially those slaving day and night to send their children to schools to learn yet can't due to such ingrates who have no moral compass. A full and complete investigation is long overdue.

When checks and balances aren't enforced, the entire nation loses out and our young are victimised through no fault of their own.