Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa highlighted that the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has suffered due to mismanagement over the years, eroding its standards. As a member of the board of trustees at IIUI, he expressed concerns about the institution losing its international standing and its fundamental Islamic principles.
In a letter dated November 17, addressed to President Dr Arif Alvi (also the chancellor of IIUI), the Chairman of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Secretary of Federal Education (MoFEPT), Pro-Vice Chancellor, President, and other board members, the Chief Justice detailed his unsuccessful attempts to obtain records from IIUI. He pointed out that the institution failed to meet the minimum required number of board meetings, with the last meeting being almost three years ago.
Despite this, upon his insistence, President Alvi has called for a board meeting on November 30, which the Chief Justice anticipates attending. He emphasized his commitment to enhancing the standards of universities where he holds syndicate positions. Upon assuming the role of Chief Justice of Pakistan, he actively participated in Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) meetings, receiving all requested information without hindrance.
Expressing disappointment, the Chief Justice revealed that despite his directive, IIUI’s Vice President, Nabi Bux Jumani, did not provide requested information, even after a reminder sent on October 13. This lack of response and information withholding remains unexplained.
Furthermore, he highlighted Mr Jumani’s prolonged tenure, which exceeds the initially stipulated three-month period, now stretching to three years and five months. This extension, seemingly in defiance of an Islamabad High Court (IHC) judgment, raised concerns for the Chief Justice.
He stressed the necessity of including the request for information in the upcoming board meeting’s agenda on November 30, along with records related to Mr Jumani, his appointment, service details, and the Islamabad High Court’s decision. These details are crucial for the board members’ consideration and deliberation.