Islamabad - The establishment division yesterday transferred Dr Shehnaz A Riaz from the post of the director general of Federal Directorate of Education and appointed a senior officer as new permanent DG FDE.

Dr Riaz has been transferred to the National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE), a subordinate department of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD). Moinudeen Wani from Federal Board of Revenue has been appointed as new DG.

Officials maintained Dr Riaz has been removed by the Prime Minister due to incompetence as she failed to deliver. “There is a contempt case being heard against her. Issues of educational departments are mounting and then there was infighting going on among the two groups within the department,” said a CADD official. She also could not brief about the educational institutions during her presentation at PM House held in connection with Prime Minister’s Model School Programme, he added.

However, Capital Administration and Development Division Secretary Hanif Khalid, when contacted, said it is prerogative of the PM to appoint any official who he deems to be competent enough to run the department.

Dr Riaz due to be appointed as DG since 2001 was appointed by the Supreme Court as DG FDE in 2010 but after 10 days she was transferred to Academy of Education Planning and Management (AEPAM) in February 2010. The apex court had repatriated her to her parent department as DG FDE in May 2012. Then, the CADD again on February 13, 2014 had transferred FDE DG Shahnaz A Riaz from the post.

And the Supreme Court again restored Dr Shehnaz A Riaz to her grade-20 position as director general of FDE, declaring her transfer orders by CADD as void ab initio on April 11 this year.

This is the third time that she has been transferred from the post on which she was appointed by the apex court. 

The Federal Directorate of Education that looks after around 424 schools and colleges in Islamabad Capital Territory has been going through a multitude of crises for the last many years as several DGs were appointed and relived at short intervals, some after barely a few weeks.