LAHORE - Senior officers of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) have termed unconstitutional explanation sought from them by the board secretary, a document available with The Nation revealed on Wednesday. They have also called illegal the posting of secretary.

A few days ago, secretary Mian Abdul Qadeer had sought explanation from five senior officials Javed Bashir, Farhat Aziz, Rana Tariq, Uzma Shehzadi and Abdur Rehman Shaheen over some official visit.

In their response, the officials called this action unconstitutional and dubbed the posting of secretary illegal.  When contacted, newly-appointed chairman Muhammad Aftab said he was fully aware of the matter and would formally look into it as soon as he visits Lahore. His visit to Lahore office is expected in next week.

The officials said as per inquiry report of a team constituted by CM corruption plagued the board and former chief and his allies were responsible for that.

In their response, delivered by hand, they claimed: “Reference to your memorandum No.940 date 02.02.2018 as you have called explanation from several officers of the board therefore a joint reply from all the officers is being sent to you. In first paragraph of your memorandum, you have alleged that the officers who had been posted out of board office left their place of posting and visited head office without permission of competent authority. Under the government rules, permission of competent authority is needed for leaving the station of posting of the officer, as all the officers are attached to Dyal Singh Trust Library Lahore and Janki Devi Jamiat Singh Hospital Lahore and the head office is also located at Lahore, hence, the permission of competent authority is not at all needed.”