Sindh govt fails to take action against MUET’s VC despite corruption cases

several inquiries are underway against Dr Aslam Uqaili

KARACHI: The Sindh government has failed to take action against Vice-Chancellor of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Dr Aslam Uqaili, despite allegations of corruption, illegal appointments and assets beyond means.

According to details, several inquiries are underway against Dr Aslam Uqaili initiated by the National Accountability Bureau, Director General Audit Sindh, and Anticorruption Establishment Sindh over financial corruption allegations of Rs.460.00 million.

Senior faculty members and officers of the Mehran varsity had also written a letter to the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and demanded inquiry against the MUET VC Dr Aslam Uqaili. However, no action has been taken yet.

Meanwhile, preparations are underway to reappoint Dr Aslam Uqaili as Vice Chancellor of Dawood University for the third time despite corruption allegations. It is pertinent to mention here that the Search Committee of Dawood University had sent three names for the Vice Chancellor, which includes the name of Aslam Uqaili.

According to a letter written to NAB, Dr Aslam Uqaili, who became the Vice Chancellor of Mehran University for the second time, has assets beyond means, of which 16 properties are on the name of him and his family.

Some of Aslam Uqaili’s properties include: Luxury Apartment in Hyderabad Qasimabad 2006 under Entry No. 891, another apartment in Hyderabad Town in 2018 under entry number 2259-4, Plot in Professional Cooperative Housing Society in Deh Bahram Khan, Hyderabad, another flat in Saima Luxury Apartment on April 20, 2006 under entry number 577 in Qasimabad.

In Hyderabad, he purchased a plot under entry number 984-4-2011 on March 28, 2011. He purchased another plot under entry number 2956 on September 19, 2012 in Naseem Nagar Scheme Phase III.

In Karachi, he purchased two plots in 2014 under entry number 9089 in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town One and Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town Two. Aslam Uqaili’s sons Arsalan and Afyaz bought two lands in Deh Jhark, Thatta on September 7, 2017 under Entry No 110 and Book No 2809.

Uqaili also illegally recruited his son-in-law, Zulfiqar Imrani at the post Manager at the IEC at Grade BPS-19. Sources have claimed that Zulfiqar Imrani was involved in corruption scams, availing illegal and undue benefits including foreign tours and honorariums from the MUET accounts.

Apart from this, Uqaili’s son-in-law has also received Rs1.2 million in the name of two different projects Green Energy Pakistan and Msart Mehran Solution. Zulfiqar Imrani received a total of Rs 150 million in salaries and other benefits from the university for a total of three years of service.