Fake credentials: Official cruises along on forged degree

diplomafraud June 14, 2013 0

by: Danish Hussain
Though a number of legislators were disqualified for submitting fake educational credentials, ‘public servants’ who managed to grab lucrative posts on forged degrees have so far evaded scrutiny.

Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Tahir Shahbaz after assuming charge had pledged to verify the degrees of officers in grade-16 and above in light of a directive by the Cabinet Division and remove fake degree holders from the civic agency. However, it seems degree verification is not a priority for the CDA administration. A CDA official who scored the job on the basis of a fake degree has been drawing salary and other privileges equivalent to an officer of grade-18 since 2008. A senior officer claims it was brought to the chairman’s knowledge. No action has been taken, so far, because the “fake degree holder enjoys the support of a senior CDA board member.”

The officer is Shariq Hafeez Khan, who was appointed in 2008 as Manager Operations for the Arts and Craft Village on the recommendation of a non-governmental organisation, the Indus Heritage Trust, before a court struck down its joint venture with CDA.

This article was written by Danish Hussain   and originally published on tribune

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