Islamabad - The Supreme Court yesterday issued orders for the removal of director general of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and appointing someone within the department as new DG.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim took up the contempt of court petition filed by former DG Shahnaz A Riaz against her removal from the post in violation of the court’s April 7, 2015 order.

Dr Shahnaz had filed a contempt of court petition praying for initiating contempt of court proceedings against Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Khalid Hanif and Secretary Establishment Naveed Hassan for non-implementation and flouting the judgments of the apex court.

Both the federal secretaries appeared before the bench.

During the hearing, the bench took strong exception over the appointment of Moin-ud-Din, a grade-19 officer of customs department, at the post of DG FDE, which is a grade-20 post.

It is to be noted that Moinudin Ahmad Wani is the brother of Prime Minister’s Press Secretary on Media Coordination Mohiuddin Wani.

The court questioned whether it is kingdom that an officer of customs department has been appointed as DG FDE, adding that the court will not allow such illegal appointments.

The court asked the secretary CADD to send fresh summary for the appointment of some eligible officer as DG FDE.

Deputy Attorney General Sohial Mahmood on behalf of Secretary CADD Khalid Hanif filed a reply over the appointment of Moinudin Ahmad Wani as DG FDE. The reply says that since the appointment through FPSC takes some time, CADD proposed three officers of grade-19 for the post. Later on, the PM approved the posting of Moin-ud-Din Ahmad Wani out of the proposed names in the summary as DG FDE.

Regarding the removal of Dr Shahnaz as DG FDE, the reply says that she was removed because she lacks leadership qualities. Moreover, Dr Shahnaz was not able to improve the quality of education in public sector institutions; therefore, it was beyond Dr Shahnaz’s capacity to run a big organisation like FDE.

According to section 10 of Civil Servant Act 1973, the services of Dr Shahnaz A Riaz may be transferred to any department. However, the bench has asked for giving all arrears and pending salaries to Dr Shahnaz.

The hearing of case is adjourned until February 17.

Meanwhile, the teaching community expects that Secretary CADD Khalid Hanif will appoint the new DG from the education department. President Federal Government College Teachers’ Association Prof Manzar Zafar Kazmi and General Secretary FGCTA Prof Muhammad Akram said in a meeting of the central body of FGCTA that a professor in BPS-20 from FG colleges should be appointed as DG FDE to improve quality of education.

“We request the secretary CADD to appoint a professor as DG because such a move will give trust and confidence to the teaching fraternity and raise their morale.”