Energy wrestle, mismanagement plague Ministry of Science and Know-how

Energy wrestle, mismanagement plague Ministry of Science and Know-how


ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Science and Know-how (MoST) is dealing with a extreme inner disaster, marked by an influence wrestle and mismanagement, resulting in a sequence of abrupt terminations and reckless postings of unqualified people. The state of affairs has caught the eye of the Senate Standing Committee on Science and Know-how, whose chairman, Senator Sardar Shafiq Tareen, has accused the MoST Minister of involvement in unlawful transfers and appointments.

In a strongly worded letter addressed to the Secretary Institution, and copied to numerous Senate Standing Committees, Senator Tareen highlighted the continuing mismanagement and undue strain on the Chairman of the Pakistan Science Basis (PSF), Dr. Shahid Mehmood Baig. The PSF, a federal autonomous statutory physique, is thought for its scientific eminence and is chaired by a distinguished scientist appointed by the President of Pakistan.

The letter delivered to mild a abstract initiated by the MoST Minister for the elimination of Dr. Shahid Mehmood Baig from his place as Chairman of PSF. Senator Tareen asserted that the abstract was unlawful and violated the MPI Scale coverage, missing any correct rationalization, discover, or disciplinary proceedings towards Dr. Baig.

The controversy arose when Dr. Baig took motion towards Dr. Hafeez ullah Khan, an officer who held 4 positions in a span of two months, elevating considerations about favoritism and mismanagement throughout the Ministry. Dr. Khan was appointed as Member Science in PSF by the Minister, bypassing the authority of the Chairman of PSF, resulting in additional tensions.

Upon scrutiny, it was revealed that Dr. Khan had a historical past of obligatory retirement from service in 2016, and regardless of shedding his instances in 2017 and the attraction in 2018 on the Islamabad Excessive Court docket, he was nonetheless awarded the place by the Minister.

The termination letter by PSF cited that the de-novo inquiry report hid and misrepresented courtroom judgments associated to Dr. Khan, making the report flawed. Dr. Hafeez, nonetheless, said that the Chairman of PSF didn’t have the authority to withdraw his appointment order, and solely the PSF Board of Trustees may achieve this. Dr. Baig, alternatively, argued that within the absence of a functioning PSF BoT, he had the suitable to make such selections as per the principles.

Regardless of quite a few makes an attempt, the MoST Minister, Agha Hassan Baloch, remained unavailable for remark.

The Pakistan Science Basis (PSF), established below the PSF Act 1973, operates as an autonomous physique below the executive management of the Ministry of Science & Know-how. The continued disaster raises considerations in regards to the integrity of the Ministry and requires quick intervention to deal with the rampant mismanagement and restore stability.



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