Quetta: Aziz Ahmad Jamali, who was serving at the position of Additional Secretary (Development) Education was transferred today to prosecution department. This transfer is apparently the outcome of several weeks of maneuvering of Provincial Minister of Education Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal, sources said.
According to officials of Education Department who wish not be named, Mr. Jamali was last surviving officer who resisted Provincial Minister of Education Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal’s illegal orders.
Mr. Jamali was also the focal person of the Policy Planning and Implementation Unity (PPIU) and was instrumental in education reforms agenda in the province. He was having the charge of Development and it was his job to approve education development projects which are seen as a source of earning by politicians.
Last week, Project Director (PD) of Global Partnership for Education (GPE) – Balochistan Education Project (BEP) was also transferred from his position. Earlier three unsuccessful attempts were made by the minister to transfer him but were thwarted by the Work Bank team who insisted the Mr. Asfandyar should remain as PD. Documents of correspondence made by World Bank to Balochistan Government in this regard are available with Balochistan Voices.
Last year Secretary Education Abdul Saboor Kakar was also transferred out of the Education department after he reportedly did not agree the way Education Minister wanted to run the department.
Presently, a junior officer is running Education department in Balochistan as Secretary with look after charge. According to a report published in January this year, 38 positions in education department are lying vacant out of which 25 are in look after charge with junior officers.
Since taking over charge as education minister in January 2016, Mr. Ziaratwal has been criticized by different stakeholders of education for rolling back the education reforms agenda for his petty political gains.
Mr. Jamali is a Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS) officer and also a frequent trekker. He has also written multiple travel stories for Balochistan Voices.
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