ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Science and Technology Mir Dostain Khan Domki tendered his resignation on Monday.

In his resignation letter submitted to the prime minister, Mr Domki said he was raising three corruption cases when a federal minister was given the portfolio of his ministry “just to stop my struggle against corruption”.

On Friday, the government had given additional charge of the ministry of science and technology to Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer.

Mr Domki said that after receiving a number of complaints from public representatives and the general public about corruption and mismanagement in the ministry an inquiry was ordered, especially against the National Testing Service (NTS), Comsats and PSQCA. He said he was probing the NTS for corruption and money laundering, Comsats CIIT for mismanagement and corruption and PSQA for an irregular appointment of the director general.

He said he had decided to eradicate the menace of corruption from the ministry after the media had highlighted many issues in this regard. “It shocked me that a full-fledged minister was given the portfolio of my ministry just to stop my struggle against corruption,” he said in his resignation. “In these circumstances, I cannot continue to work, therefore, I tender my resignation from portfolio of minister of state,” he said.

Published in Dawn, November 28th, 2017

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