CEO of ICT R&D Fund, Dr. Aun Abbas, would be leaving the troubled
organization within a week time. CFO of the Fund has also resigned.
The Secretary of the Ministry of IT (MOIT), Mr. Farooq Awan, is
showing his muscles and trying to prove his loyalty with the Prime
Minister who has appointed him as Additional Secretary Incharge in
Grade 21 while ignoring many senior Grade 22 officers.
The Secretary has already suspended one independent Director from the
Board of ICT R&D Fund and trying hard to clip the powers of others.
The Secretary has also appointed an interim CEO and CFO of the ICT R&D
Fund without taking the approval of the Board of Directors of Fund.
The Secretary, famous for issuing show cause notices, have issued
numerous notices to all senior professional officers of the MOIT
including CEOs of ICT R&D Fund and USF and other senior officers of
Ministry. He has suspended Chairman National Telecommunication
Corporation (NTC) for not following his political agenda. He has also
suspended some senior managers of USF who were against making payment
of Rs. 120 million to an advertisement company without following
public procurement rules.
It seems that he is desirous of forcing all competent and honest
professionals resign from their posts so that he could fill up the
posts with his blue eyed and hand-picked corrupt officials.
The community is requested to raise its voice to save the ICT R&D Fund
from the hands of a corrupt bureaucrat.