A former in-charge of the Karachi Tanzeemi Committee of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Hammad Siddiqui, is apparently a 'ghost employee' at a Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) hospital.
Siddiqui, who has been out of the country since May 2013 when his party membership was terminated, was withdrawing Rs40,600 as a 19-grade officer and director at the Rafiqi Shaheed Hospital near Light House.
KMC health director Dr Salma Kauser told The Express Tribune that they received reports on ghost employees at the hospital that included Siddiqui's details. "Siddiqui was a ghost employee and we have informed the authorities." Out of the 165 employees at the facility, 42 are ghost employees, she said.
An MQM spokesperson said that, since Siddiqui was terminated from the party, he was responsible for his own actions. "When he was in Karachi and part of the party, he used to go to work regularly," said the spokesperson.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 17th, 2015.