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NAB probes illegal recruitment in Federal Urdu University

Accountability Court is hearing a corruption reference against Federal Urdu University. Source: FUUAST Islamabad

ISLAMABAD National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has started an investigation into illegal recruitment and regularisation in Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST), Islamabad.

According to reports, Assistant Director (Coordination) NAB Farooq Hussain has written a letter to the in-charge of Federal Urdu University Islamabad Campus to provide documents for investigation. The anti-graft watchdog has also sought further records to verify the documents received for investigation.

NAB has sought documents for recruitment and regularization of 102 employees who were appointed in 2012. It has also sought details of 29 employees recruited in 2019 and certified copies of minutes of Senate and Syndicate meetings. The letter stated the details of committees recruiting and regularising employees should be provided.

NAB said it had written a letter to the Vice-Chancellor on October 19, 2018 and barred him from any kind of recruitment without advertising the vacancies.

The bureau has sought details about the number of approved posts above Grade 17 in 2012 and 2019. The letter raised the question that vacancies in the university were already filled, then why were 102 recruitments made in 2012 and 29 in 2019.

NAB has asked details and credentials of the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Additional Registrar, Assistant Registrar, and Campus In-charge in 2012 and 2019. The management of Federal Urdu University has reportedly submitted the record requested by NAB through the concerned officers.

It is to be noted that during the period under which the recruitments are being investigated, the Vice-Chancellors were Dr Qaiser Mahmood and Dr Altaf Hussain who served in this post in 2012 and 2019 respectively. Dr Qamar-ul-Haq was performing the duties of Registrar in 2012 while Muhammad Afzal was performing his duties in 2019.

The Accountability Court is hearing a corruption reference of over Rs100 million in Federal Urdu University in which former Vice-Chancellor Dr Zafar Iqbal, former Treasurer Muhammad Ali Chaudhry, former registrar Fahimuddin and other employees are involved.