Former Pro-rector of COMSATS and CEO of NTS caught in a fraud of millions

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Former Pro-rector of COMSATS and CEO of NTS caught in a fraud of millions

Recently a big fraud is revelled by CIIT. According to which the former pro-rector of Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) and chief executive officer of National Testing Service (NTS) committed a fraud of millions of rupees and was holding 11 positions concurrently.

The scam was disclosed by an internal inquiry report of CIIT.

The report by the 5 member CIIT team stated,

“[Haroon] Rashid has been exercising unauthorized power as pro-rector in matters relating to human resource. Apparently, there were no protective measures in place, enabling him to commit serious irregularities while using his authority in appointments, promotions, transfers, and award of financial perks and privileges.”

The mystery of scam was solved when Haroon Rashid’s PhD thesis was found to plagiarize and the investigation into the matter disclosed severe indiscretions in the code of conduct.

The report also highlighted the wrong usage of power by Rashid. According to the facts revealed by the report, after acquiring PhD (soon after revoked owing to plagiarism) Rashid withdrew over the amount of Rs. 25.71M for PhD allowance, salary, and for other personal benefits.

A number of illegal appointments were made by Haroon Rashid, the pro-rector of CIIT.As there was not any approval and legal authority was not inform either,9 departments were reporting to him.

During his tenure, he hired resources of his choice and get millions of rupees for his personal benefit.

According to the resources, he also took out Rs. 227M for setting up a virtual campus devoid of any consent and approval from the board of governors or the HEC.

Moreover, Rs. 84.7M was spent on Pak-China business opportunity without any agreement or approval from authority, in 2016. The Report says that the people involved in this misconduct and unlawful activity are still at the helm of affairs at Comsats Institute of information technology.

 

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