Islamabad, 18th July: The recent appointment of TEVTA Punjab Chairperson Hafiz Farhat Abbas has been questioned in a detailed letter addressed to the Punjab governor, chief minister, the chief secretary and industries secretary, respectively.
According to the application made available with Academia Mag, a citizen Amna Malik has filed an application questioning the qualification of the newly appointed TEVTA chairperson, the process of his selection and upholding of merit. It is believed that Hafiz Farhat also wanted a seat of Imran Khan’s from Lahore to contest. His appointment was widely criticized by the inner circle of PTI and he was seen as one very undeserving of the appointment as that would cause damage to technical education.
However, the Punjab government appointed Hafiz Farhat Abbas as TEVTA chairperson on April 20th. Abbas contested the 2013 General Elections from PP 155 Lahore but did not win.
Moreover, he was reportedly among the Punjab University students that ‘manhandled’ PM Imran Khan when he visited the institute back in November 2007. Abbas was the Nazim of Islami Jamiat I Taliba (IJT) at the time but later joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and was made the political assistant of Imran Khan.
The application claimed that Abbas was under qualified for the post having completed merely a B.Com degree, therefore, his appointment is against the ruling of Supreme Court of Pakistan.
The applicant also raised questions about the process undertaken for the selection and appointment of the TEVTA chairperson, if the vacancy for this post was advertised in newspapers or any other print media, as well as the date of publication, if such an ad had been published, to announce the vacancy.
She further demanded the authorities to provide complete documents, details and information in this regard. As per the letter, the formation of a committee for selection of the TEVTA chairperson was also questioned, asking the authorities to provide the list of members who were a part of that committee.
Ms. Malik also raised a query about the number of candidates that were considered and the criteria according to which they were scrutinized. The applicant also hinted at Abbas being related to the wife of Prime Minister Imran Khan, although the applicant argued that the only thing being questioned was whether the appointment met criteria of merit.
According to BaaghiTV sources Hafiz Farhat has resigned from the position effective 17th July 2019.
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