Published on July 8th, 2010 | by Arsalan Mir20
Government Fires Top ICTRDF Directors
We have earlier reported on the tension rising between the government and officials of USF and ICTRDF. This has reached its limit today with six top-notch officials of the ICRTDF being fired by the Minister incharge for IT and Telecom Mr. Latif Khosa.
As mentioned in earlier posts the dispute was about the fate of a huge fund of more than Rs 20 billion available with these companies and Mr. Khosa trying to appoint his brother-in-law Mr. Azhar Manzoor as the Chairman of ICTRDF. It merits mentioning here that the degree Mr. Azhar Manzoor has produced with application for the said post is reportdly found FAKE by the HEC.
Those fired include: Mr. Sikandar Taqi, Mr. Wahaj Siraj, Mr. Zafar Usmani, Dr. Amir Mateen, Dr. Sohail Naqvi, and Dr. Mansoor Sarwar.
In his views on the subject, blogger Ammar Faheem says:
Amid sheer frustration, the government is now attacking Technocrats for their failure to comply with government wishes. In separate incidents, 6 top men for the ICTRDF have been fired including HEC Executive Director Dr. Sohail Naqvi. Pressure is also mounting on Dr. Javed Leghari to resign amidst the bogus degree saga.