PITAC GM returns to office, for now

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday allowed the PITAC's new general manager to resume his post.

Express August 11, 2010

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday allowed the Pakistan Industrial Technical Assistance Centre’s new general manager to resume his post as long as a petition challenging his appointment remains undecided.

Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry also told the Higher Education Commission to check the validity of Tariq Ahmad’s bachelor’s degree from a British university and report to the court at the next hearing on September 27. Until then, Ahmad can return to his office.

According to petitioner Khalid Mehmood, Ahmad was appointed as PITAC general manager in 2008 not on merit, but because he is the son-in-law of Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, a serving federal minister.

The job advertisement said the post required a candidate with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering or simple graduation. This criterion was set to accommodate Ahmad, the petitioner said. He said Ahmed was not a mechanical engineer and he had no relevant experience in the field.

Earlier, Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik produced Ahmad’s degree in court, to which the petitioner’s counsel said that “the degree possessed by the respondent does not exist anywhere in the world”.

Ahmad’s lawyer said his client’s degree was from the University of Buckingham, UK, which was a renowned institution.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2010.


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