Paper leak case: Three-member body formed to probe matter afresh
An investigation committee has been formed to investigate paper leak case once again and record teachers’ and police officer’s statements.
District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall formed the three-member committee following a meeting with the representatives of teachers at his office on Monday.
A seven-member committee of the teachers met the DCO after a strong protest at Kacheri Chowk Rawalpindi.
The committee will be headed by Senior Administrative Officer (SAO) Aqeel Khan with Cantonment Assistant Commissioner Nazia Sudhan and City Assistant Commissioner Quratul Ain as its part.
District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall ordered the committee to investigate the matter and submit report within two weeks.
He also asked the committee head to call for the eight teachers, who were supposedly booked for leaking out papers, and record their statements besides review the findings of the previous committee.
The teachers include Gulzar Hussain Raja, Muhammad Asghar, Muhammad Ramazan, Raja Zulfiqar, Javed Akhtar and others whose names could not be ascertained. The anti-corruption department is conducting investigation against them. They were arrested when cases were registered against them but were released on security from a local court. The District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall also asked the head of the committee to call for Superintendent of Police (SP) Rana Shahid to record his statement.
Earlier hundreds of teachers staged a protest and sit-in at Kacheri Chowk here on Monday seeking extraction of cases against their senior fellows. They also required action against Punjab Education Commission (PEC) for issuing bogus results of 5th and 8th class examinations.
The teachers, including women from across the district, held the protest, braving the scorching heat that created a massive traffic jam on all link roads, causing huge trouble to the commuters. Even ambulances carrying patients were also stuck in the traffic jam.
The protesters, led by Teachers Alliance Action Committee (TAAC) leaders, were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans like “nullify all fake cases against senior teachers” and “eradicate PEC immediately”.
A heavy conditional of police led by Civil Lines Assistant Superintendent of Police Haroon Rashid and Station House Officer Asghar Goraya along with Senior Administrative Officer Aqeel Khan was deployed at the kacheri rawalpindi.
The Teachers Alliance Action Committee (TAAC) chairman Dr Chaudhry Sagheer Alam accused PEC of destroying the education system by conducting flawed exams. He also accused PEC officials of misappropriation and kick backs in granting education funds and victimising teachers.
He demanded termination of provincial monitoring system.
Aqeel and Haroon requested the teachers’ representatives to hold talks with District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar Dall and free the road.
However, the teachers refused to open the road till the approval of their demands.
Later, a seven-member team led by Alam held talks with District Coordination Officer (DCO). During the talks, teachers informed the official that the examination system has failed completely. They added that no paper was leaked and the regional education department made the Rawalpindi-based teachers as scapegoat to hide their faults.
They also told the DCO that the Anti-Corruption Department has no legal authority to deal with the case as no dishonesty has been done by the teachers.