Farooq Malik, a teacher of English in Government Postgraduate College has requested Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar to initiate an inquiry into the appointment of Prof Ashfaq Lodhi as Punjab HED deputy secretary on political grounds. Per the sources, appointment of DS was made due to political pressure of Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raja Yasir Humayun, as he was ministers’ class fellow in Aitchison College, Lahore.
In the letter, Malik alleged that the appointment of Punjab HED deputy secretary was not made on merit and was finalized without seeking applications from potential candidates. Moreover, no interviews were held by Director Colleges, Rawalpindi and Secretary Higher Education Department, Punjab, he added.
Appointment of Prof Ashfaq Lodhi, who was serving as AP of English in Government Gordon College was against the selection criteria. He stated “Lodhi is the most inefficient teacher and almost every class approached the Principal or me to change him”
The associate professor also complained on the Citizen’s Portal, who took immediate action on the complaint and referred it to Directorate Public Instructions (Colleges), Punjab for action, the sources revealed.
Punjab Minister for Higher Education Raja Yasir Humayun denied the claims of influencing the appointment made by the ministry. He said no merit or criteria were violated in the appointment of DS, as Special Secretary Sajid Zafar had recommended Lodhi after conducting a formal interview. “We are in dire need of some honest and intelligent people in our ministry, so Prof Lodhi was selected for the post of DS,” Humayun added.