Chairman of Balochistan Public Service Commission sacked

Published November 13, 2014
Governor Balochistan Mr Muhammad Khan Achakzai. - APP/file
Governor Balochistan Mr Muhammad Khan Achakzai. - APP/file

QUETTA: Governor Balochistan Mr Muhammad Khan Achakzai on Thursday terminated the appointment of Chairman of the Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC) Ashraf Magsi over charges of irregularities and corruption.

According to well-placed sources in the Governor's House, a formal letter with regards to the termination of the chairman was also issued. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had initiated inquiry against Magsi for recruiting the officers in violation of merit two years ago.

Two of Magsi's daughters, who were working in grade 17 of the education department, were also terminated after their degrees were found to be fake by the NAB.

The then-NAB Deputy Director Operations Ziaullah Toro had also arrested some officers of the BPSC. He had caught them red-handed for violating merit and issuing orders for their blue-eyed.

Balochistan High Court judge Mr. Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan conducted an inquiry of Chairman BPSC and found him guilty.

In view of recommendations from the inquiry conducted by the BHC judge, Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai terminated Magsi.

Magsi was accused of recruiting officers above grade 17 in violation of merit and taking bribery from candidates.

Political parties staged protest demonstrations and urged the Balochistan government and the governor in particular to remove the controversial chairman.

"All appointments made by the terminated chairman must be probed by an independent commission," Najeeb Khan, who had repeatedly appeared in tests and interviews of the commission, told Dawn.

He stated that merit was repeatedly violated by the terminated chairman and that an inquiry has to be conducted in order to ensure rights of the aggrieved candidates.



18 May, 2022

SC on defections

THE judgement is monumental and will significantly influence Pakistani politics for years to come. After a nearly...
18 May, 2022

Karachi blast

THE frequency of urban terrorism incidents over the past few weeks in Karachi should send alarm bells ringing within...
18 May, 2022

Threats to Imran Khan

IT seems there is never a dull moment in Imran Khan’s life. First, it was a cabal of local and international...
Updated 17 May, 2022

Buyer’s remorse

It is strange to hear senior PML-N leaders lamenting the subsidies, yet not even coming up with a subsidy rationalisation plan.
17 May, 2022

Sikh traders’ killing

THE brutal murder of two Sikh traders in the outskirts of Peshawar on Sunday illustrates the vulnerability of...
17 May, 2022

Cholera outbreak

REPORTS of rising cases of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea in several areas are raising the spectre of a public...