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LAHORE: The Punjab University is holding a selection committee meeting on Thursday (today) to regularise the services of a senior land officer in BPS-17 instead of holding a selection board. It is learned the university had internally advertised the post.

When contacted, Resident Officer-II Malik Zaheer said “Javaid Akram should have to be regularised”.

Akram retired from the forestery, wildlife and fisheries department as junior clerk (BPS-7) on September 30, 2009, but was appointed as senior land officer in Punjab University some 22 days before his retirement on September 8, 2009. Akram, 51, looks after university’s land affairs in the RO-II office.

According to a Punjab University audit report of 2012-13 by the Auditor-General of Pakistan, it is astonishing Akram was appointed 22 days before his retirement from a government department.

The audit report said the university provided neither the personal file of the candidate nor the Syndicate’s approval.

A Punjab University spokesman says the audit para has been dropped and legal adviser is being consulted about the holding of selection committee meeting instead of selection board.

Published in Dawn, February 26th, 2015

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