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Sindh Public Service Commission controller held over corruption charges

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Sindh Public Service Commission controller held over corruption charges

KARACHI: The Anti-Corruption Establishment sleuths have arrested former Controller of Examinations of the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) Muhammad Umar Zaur over charges of corruption, malpractices and tampering the records for the Combined Competitive Examinations-2003, held by the SPSC for various posts in the Sindh government.

The arrest of Zaur, a grade-19 officer of the SPSC, became possible after a request by Inquiries and Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Chairman Munawar Opel was approved by Sindh Chief Secretary Fazalur Rehman in his capacity as chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee-1, instead of going for an open inquiry as sufficient material was available on the record to go for the registration of a case, followed by arrest and prosecution in a competent court of law.

According to the record available, the SPSC had advertised for filling up the posts of deputy district officer, section officer, labour assistant director, cooperative societies assistant registrar, labour officer and ward rationing officer in the Sindh government in 2003, the exams of which were held between Dec 31, 2003 and Jan 12, 2004.

The results were announced on April 10, 2004 and 531 candidates were declared successful in the written examinations, while after viva voce, 77 individuals were recommended to the government for appointment to any department for which the Combined Competitive Examinations were held.

Following agitation in the media and by a candidate, the SPSC held a comprehensive inquiry through a three-member committee, headed by Shah Mansoor Alam, and assisted by Nawaz Leghari and Abrar Hussain Mirza.

Sources have disclosed that all copies of two candidates, who were declared successful, Ayhan Mustafa Bhutto and Dr Nisar Ahmad Leghari, were missing.

The former is the son of the then SPSC chairman. Other favourites who benefited from the tampering of the records, misuse of authority, and missing of the records included Fawad Ghaffar Soomro, Shoaib Ahmad Khero, Ms Memona Shah, Imran Bhatti, Ali Anwar Ruk, Imran Qureshi, Raja Mustafa Ali, and Javed Daudpoto. These individuals were relatives and acquaintances of men who were in power back then.

The record of following candidates were willfully, deliberately and with bad intentions tampered by Zaur, in full knowledge of the then SPSC chairman:

Fayyaz Hussain Abbassi, Ghulam Murtaza Memon, Ayhan Mustafa Bhutto (full papers missing), Imran Bhatti, Saifullah Abro, Nawaz Sooho, Mangrio Muhammad Yakub, Ali Gul Sanjarani, Ghulam Sarwar Uttero, Memona Shah, Thebo Muhammad Juman, Jehanzaib Abbas, Abdul Qadir Abbasi, Saeed Ahmad Shaikh, Ali Anwar Ruk, Kiran Shaikh, Sikandar Baloch, Muhammad Afzal, Mukhtiar Ahmad Mallah, Imran, Safia Naz Mangi, Muhammad Taufeeq, Riaz Ahmad Dahar, Mukhtiar Ahmad Shar, Shah Ihsanullah, Abdul Samad, Muhammad Khurram Mangi, Shabbir Ahmad Sethar, Irshad Khokhar, Ibrahim, Shoaib Ahmad Khero, Muhammad Saleem, Karamullah, Nosheen Usman, Syed Rizwan Ali, Muhammad Kamran Khan, Amjad Ali Arain, Zubair Ahmad Channa, Fuad Ghaffar Soomro, Aamir Zia Isran, Dr Nisar Ahmad Leghari (full papers missing), Kamran Ahmad Khero, Abdul Wahab Sario, Farooq Azam Abro, and Abro Sabir Ali.

It is interesting to note that 57 percent of the 77 successful candidates’ papers were missing or had been tampered with, while some had failed in compulsory subjects.

Their marks were enhanced to be included in the successful candidates list by the former controller of examinations of the SPSC.

The Sindh ACE believes that Zaur is possibly not the only person involved in the case, and more individuals would be nabbed once the accused is interrogated. DAILY TIMES