VEHARI-The Education Department has launched an inquiry against a clerk of EDO education office who has allegedly become the king of corruption.

District Officer Health Mahr Ameer Bakhsh has been appointed as the inquiry officer against clerk Zulifqar. The clerk is corrupt as he has bought property worth millions of rupees in a short span of time, private schools’ owners and teachers alleged during a protest.

According to sources, Zulifqar has made property worth millions of rupees and he bought about 1 acre land worth Rs1.8 million last year. They said that Zulifqar wants to be transferred now due to lot of complaints submitted about his corruption.

Teachers of private educational institutions face difficulties due to corruption of Zulifqar, they said. They protested against him and demanded inquiry into the matter and dismissal of the clerk. Saleem Akhtar Javed, a school owner told The Nation the clerk abused power. He said the clerk is involved in huge corruption. He said that he considered himself as the owner of the office.

The clerk determines and takes bribe from the owners and teachers of private schools, he said. Muhammad Khalid Sharif, owner of another school, said that related persons of education sector are irked due to irresponsibility of the clerk as he demands bribe for the verification of the PEF schools.

“We face lots of difficulties due to blackmailing from him. High-up of Education Department should take notice against him,” he said.

Aslam Kamlana, owner of a school from Luddan, said that he used rough language with the private school owners and teachers. He alleged that the clerk received Rs5,000 from him for the verification of his school.

Engineer Yasir Hayat Khan submitted complaints to the high-ups that Engineer Arshad with the collusion of the clerk received Rs10,000 to Rs25,000 illegally for the issuance of fitness certificates of a school building.

Ahmed Hassan said he complained to DCO Vehari against the corruption of the clerk but to no avail.

Owners of schools and teachers protested against the corrupt clerk. The protesters said that Zulifqar committed huge corruption under the nose of EDO Education Shoukat Ali Tahir. They demanded action early dismissal of the clerk. When contacted, clerk Zulifqar was unavailable for his version.