QUETTA - National Accountability Bureau (NAB) conducted a raid on Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC) office here on Thursday, following a number of protests by candidates, political parties and media reports against the favouritism in the Commission. NAB also took into custody two years examination record for investigation purposes.

BPSC is responsible for the recruitment of the best suited candidates against the gazzetted posts of Basic Pay Scale (BPS) 16 and 17.  The institution was known as ‘symbol of merit’ once due to its transparent selection of the deserving candidates against various posts. However, in recent times, the institution has remained under fire by various political parties, student wings and victim candidates who think they had been ignored unjustly in favour of less competent but affluent candidates.

It may also be mentioned here that recommendation of the sitting Chairman BPSC Muhammad Ashraf Magsi’s daughter against a post of Headmistress BPS-17 and that of his another son to a post of BPS-17 Headmaster sparked protests in the province against the PBSC and people began to point fingers at the institution.

Similarly, another Section Officer seat was given to nephew of a member of BPSC, Inyatullah Chengazi and one to the son-in-law of Commission member Asad Khan Luni. The results tainted with cronyism and favouritism infuriated the candidates and drove them to BPSC and Press Club several times to register their protest.

Talking to media, Deputy Director Operations NAB Ziaullah said that they had been receiving complaints against the irregularities in the Commission which led to the current operation.  “We have taken into custody the record of two years and whosoever is found guilty of any irregularities shall be dealt with strictly,” he added.

Monitoring Desk adds: During the raid, the NAB officials also arrested Deputy Director Examination Abdul Waheed and confiscated the record of the office, reported a private TV channel.