ISLAMABAD - Former Home Secretary Sindh Qazi Abdul Kabeer, who was dismissed from services by the prime minister over corruption charges last month, has decided to file appeal to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, The Nation has learnt.

PM ordered dismissal of the senior bureaucrat of Pakistan Services Group Qazi Kabeer (Grade 20) over his involvement in the Trade Development Authority Pakistan (TDAP) Rs1.27 billion scam in which disbursement of subsidies to bogus private companies were made through fabricated claims and backdated cheques were issued under the Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2009-2012.

Talking to The Nation, Qazi Kabeer said that PM passed orders of his dismissal from services without hearing him. He said to have received mere a notification of dismissal by the Establishment Division and was waiting the detail decision of that action which was taken by PM against him.

He said that Federal Investigative Agency [FIA] had made the investigation of TDAP scam and summoned more than 250 persons but it did not call him even once for investigation. Qazi Kabeer said that he has the right to address the PM for reviewing his decision and has planned to file appeal to PM through the Establishment Division during this week.

A senior official of Establishment division informed this scribe that Establishment Division had issued show cause notice to Qazi Kabeer in TDAP scam and he had responded to allegations. He said that federal government called him for personal hearing twice in this case but the former chief secretary Sajjadd Saleem Hatyana replied the federal government that Qazi Kabeer was busy in official assignment, therefore, he did not appear in person for hearing. He said that the PM was left with no option than taking a decision against him.

He referred to the Civil Services rules (appeal) 1977 and said, Qazi Kabeer can file appeal to highest authority of the country the President of Pakistan in 90 days against the decision instead of PM. After refusal the appeal by President, applicant can go to the Federal Services Tribunal (FST) and after rejection from FST, applicant can go to Supreme Court against the decision.

“According to the services rules, the officer who face the decision of “Dismissal from Services”, he would not serve in government of Pakistan on any position or any capacity, even the officer who face the decision of   “Removal from the services” would be appointed in government of Pakistan by any government,” he added.

Sources of Establishment Division informed that former home secretary hold his office and chaired high level meeting after facing hard decision by PM with support of Sindh government. “Any provincial government cannot use its influence on federal government’s decision against those officers who are working under the Civil Services of Pakistan at any place of the country,” sources added.