Islamabad - The federal ombudsman has turned down a decision taken after an internal inquiry against Musarrat Naheed Imam, director virtual arts at Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA).

Musarrat Naheed Imam had filed a complaint against Mashud Mirza, joint secretary national heritage wing of ministry of information, under protection against harassment at workplace.

Federal Ombudsman Justice (Retd) Yasmin Abbasi ordered the authorities to restore the two years increment of the PNCA director.

Naheed said that Mirza was creating hurdles in smooth working of department by abusing his subordinates and colleagues, both male or female, over trivial issues. One such incident occurred when Mirza ordered her to issue NOC for a painting exhibition, which was supervised by Director Admin and Account Intikhab Alam, when the complainant was aboard.

As a matter of principle, the NOC should have been issued by the officiating officer who was working in her place when she was abroad.

She was charge-sheeted on false grounds by Mirza in connivance with Dr Nazeer Saeed, then competent authority.

Then an inquiry committee was constituted and all staffers under Naheed were fired. Finally the inquiry committee declared her guilty of misconduct and awarded penalty of withholding her increments for two years.

Musarrat Naheed Imam was charge-sheeted by PNCA director general vide letter No.3 (12) 84-admin, dated January 23, 2014. She was alleged in the report for not submitting the copies of her academic certificates and for her failure to answer questions of inquiry committee satisfactory.

The decision of the ombudsman says that most of allegations have been properly replied by the complainant (Musarrat Naheed Imam). About non-submission of academic certificates and date of birth, the decision said, “According to the complainant all of them were submitted by her at time of her appointment as programme organizer, besides same were provided to department during proceedings in Islamabad High Court and the matter was finalised there.

 If, according to PNCA, this act of non-submission of academic certificates was such a heinous offence then no reason has been assigned by the opponent for not taking action against other officials to whom simultaneously notices simultaneously were issued for same purpose up till May 2013.”

It further said that rest of allegations levelled against her have been properly replied and some of them were also dropped in her favour. “Record shows that inquiry committee decided the matter very partially, without considering actual facts of incidents happened during the period as alleged against the complainant.”

“In view of above I hereby set aside decision of inquiry report of May 21, 2014 and penalizing complainant with stoppage of increments of 2 years with immediate effect,” said the federal ombudsman in the order.