OUR STAFF REPORTER
LAHORE The Punjab Government on Monday told the Lahore High Court that all appointments to the Board of Directors of the Punjab Education Foundation were made in accordance with law and the rules.
The Government furnished a reply to a petition which calls in question the appointment of six non-official directors to the Board of the Foundation, which, according to the petitioner M/s Muhammad and Ahmad, are officials and do not justify constitution of the foundation when seven official directors have already been included in the body.
The court asked a deputy secretary of education department present in court to explain whether the newly appointed directors belong to private sector as per law. The court further inquired from official that whether Dr Zafar Iqbal Quershi, Sarah Afzal and Mohi-ud-din Wani belong to private sector and according to what standard they were appointed as directors.
The deputy secretary told the court that these people were working without salary. The court asked the deputy secretary to explain how these people were connected to private sector. The deputy secretary sought time to answer this query of the court.
The court adjourning the matter till April 28 observed that no further time would be granted after next hearing.
Through Muhammad Azhar Siddique advocate the petitioner, submits that the PEF, first established under Punjab Education Foundation Act 1991, later on in 2004 was governed by Punjab Education Foundation Act, According to section 5 of the new law, the petitioner submits, a board comprising seven government and eight non-government directors has to be constituted to run affairs of Foundation.
He alleged that the Punjab government through a notification dated March 18, 2011 appointed six government officers/public servants on seats reserved for non-government directors.
He contended that the said appointments were politically motivated and in violation of law and constitution. He prayed the court to declare the said appointments as illegal.
It was also prayed through a civil miscellaneous application to stop the said directors from functioning and suspend the notification of their appointment.