LAHORE – Ending a long hide and seek, the Rescue-1122 Director General Dr. Rizwan Naseer has tendered his resignation and also relieved the charge as Secretary General of Pakistan Red Crescent Society – only to rejoin his former department (Rescue-1122), which he had never actually left. In his place, Mr. Adeeb has been given the additional charge of the PRSC’s secretary general. Furthermore, the PRCS has also re-advertised the post.

“Dr. Rizwan tendered his resignation on December 20, 2011 to the then PRCS chairperson Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s current Ambassador to the US, who accepted it without showing any kind of reluctance,” the PRCS spokesman Khalid Bin Majeed told this reporter. A top official of the PRCS disclosed that Sherry Rehman had taken serious note of the DG’s misleading act, in which he claimed that he had resigned from Rescue-1122 and wanted to work for a humanitarian organisation such as the PRCS.

“He was eager to work for the PRCS on the very day of his joining but later we learned that he was yet holing the post of DG Rescue-1122,” he stated. He, however, said that Miss Sherry Rehman had asked Dr. Rizwan to resign from one post either of PRCS or Rescue-1122. But, Mr. Khalid bin Majeed said that during the month of December, Dr. Rizwan hold a high level meeting of senior officers of PRCS and revealed that he has decided to resign and intended to join Rescue-1122. “I think, he had also told the officers that the PML-N led Punjab Government has shown him green signal and conformity of awarding him another term of three year to continue as DG Rescue-1122,” Khalid added.

The PRCS Deputy Director Communications Mr Inayat Kaleem also confirmed that Dr. Rizwan has left the department. To a query regarding re-advertising the post of Secretary General and hiring the same person, he clearly said as, “No, he had joined the department showing his willingness but now he has left according to his own choice so the organization will never take such person again”.

The DG’s tenure is ending in July this year and he would have needed Chief Minister’s approval regarding another term. Quoting various clauses from Emergency Act, a senior official of the Rescue-1122 said that “the Director General shall be appointed initially for a period of three year, but the Emergency Council may extend his tenure keeping in view his performance and may remove him before the expiry of his tenure if he is not physically or mentally fit or is incapable of performing his duties.”

When asked about the DG’s “recent performance of holding dual offices”, he said this was a professional misconduct and severe dishonesty, which would have been noticed on top level. He, however, suggested that the PML-N led Punjab Government should frame a high level investigating commission in order to evaluate the performance of Rescue-1122 under the directorship of Dr. Rizwan. “If the performance is satisfactory then he should be awarded another term but if the commission learns about his alleged wrongdoings, his out of the way tendency of awarding maximum tenders to his blue-eyed company, and putting pressure on technical committee for purchasing sub-standard vehicles, then the commission should mark a high level inquiry against the DG,” he remarked.

Earlier, mocking at all the top executive officers of the Punjab including Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chief Secretary, the Punjab Emergency Service Rescue-1122 DG Dr. Rizwan Naseer had joined the dual offices – DG Rescue and Secretary General PRCS.

Although, Punjab Emergency Council comprising Punjab Chief Minister (Chairman), Chief Secretary, four Members of the Provincial Assembly including one female and one opposition member nominated by the Speaker; Secretary Health Department; Secretary Home Department; Secretary Local Government Department; Secretary Transport Department; Provincial Police Officer; Director General Provincial Environmental Protection Agency; Provincial Commissioner Relief Punjab, were fully aware of his (DG Rescue) the double standards adopted by the DG Rescue but none among them bothered to take action against such unlawful act of the DG Rescue.

The then acting DG Rescue-1122 Brigadier (R) Arshad Zia had told this newspaper that Dr Rizwan was on Ex-Pakistan Leave in order to join a Disaster Management Training course in Japan. He categorically had said that Rizwan had been delivering lectures in various countries, including the UK, in connection with his training course.