KARACHI - The tug-of-war between Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Sindh Senior Minister for Education Pir Mazher-ul-Haq for the slot of the chief minister is diminishing the already weakened the provincial education department. This was claimed by central leaders of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) while talking to The Nation. General Secretary SPLA Karachi Region Prof Iftikhar Azmi pointed out that the education minister's lack of concern towards education had revealed that he was engaged in other ambitious activities. "Several summaries regarding educational issues forwarded by the education ministry have been laying dumped in the Chief Minister's office, which shows that the CM was not considering any action on the same due to differences with Pir Mazhar," he added. He said there was a tug of war going on between higher officials of the provincial government, which had rendered the education department ineffective. "Pir Mazher-ul-Haq, in a statement according to a Sindhi newspaper had stated that he would solve all problems of teachers and PPP workers 'but not now'; this reflects that the senior minister was facing some administrative problems perhaps due to the CM house's non-cooperation", he observed and added that there was no difference between the anti-education policies of Ghulam Arbab Rahim and present chief minister. Central leader SPLA Prof Ather Hussain Mirza said that there was no doubt about the fact that the antagonism between the CM and education minister was hampering the administrative activities of the education department. Following such antagonism, the CM has put some important education-related summaries into the pending, showing that the CM had no interest towards education. He said that some statistics could help us to understand the performance of the department, as 3,036 positions of college teachers were vacant while around 4,500 teachers working in the province against the required number of 7,500 SNE teachers.