KARACHI - The differences between Sindh Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, a senior leader of the PPP, and education secretary Fazlullah Pechoho, who is brother-in-law of former president and PPP’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, have become severed as powerful bureaucrat is not obeying to the orders of his boss, sources told The Nation.
They said the powerful secretary of education department of Sindh government, Fazlullah Pechoho, who is the husband of the Zardari’s elder sister and MNA, Azra Fazal Pechoho, was openly violating the orders of Khuhro.
Provincial secretary, who was on foreign leave from September 2 to 28, has assumed the charge two days ago and cancelled all the orders of transfer and postings in the department, given his boss Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro.
Education Additional Secretary Rehan Baloch, who was considered close to education secretary Pechoho, was earlier transferred on the orders of education minister. But after returning from the official leave, the education secretary has managed to get cancelled the transfer of his favorite Additional Secretary Baloch.
Similarly, the postings of more than 100 officers as Assistant District Education Officers on the instruction of Khuhro to various districts of the province were also cancelled by Pechoho, sources added.
They said the senior education minister was not sitting in his office. He also complained to the Sindh chief minister about Pechoho’s violating the rules of business of the Sindh government.
Meanwhile, Khuhro has contacted the PPP’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and complained against his brother-in-law who is violating his orders.
Addressing the media at Sindh Assembly, Khuhro without taking the name of his department’s secretary said the affairs of the government department’s run through the rules of business, under which a minister is the boss of the department.
Referring the allegations of corruption leveled by Pechoho against him in the media, the senior minister said he had been sitting in the government as well as in opposition but never ever any allegation of financial corruption leveled against him.
On the other side, Education Secretary Fazlullah Pechoho said he had not cancelled any order given by the education minister. He claimed that additional secretary, posted on the instruction of Education Minister Khuhro, was transferred by the chief secretary.
He said he would meet with his department’s minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, hoping the issues would be resolved amicably between him and the education minister.
Meanwhile, the opposition parties in the Sindh Assembly have decided to raise the issue in the provincial legislature and will extend their support to the education minister.