Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that the government’s intervention in the affairs of Higher Education Commission (HEC) is an ongoing policy of destroying all viable state institutions of the country.

In a statement here on Friday, he said, “It seems that all viable state institutions are being destroyed one by one under a plan. While the HEC, the only institution helping the youth, is not functioning as well as it can, it is still delivering in the field of higher education and the government should support it to improve its functioning,” Imran Khan added.

He quoted that the government had been impeding its work since it came into power. “Now it has gone for a full assault on HEC, dotting its resources for further corruption.”

The PTI chief pointed out that government had contravened the court order of April 2011, specifically asking the government not to violate HEC Ordinance 2002 by getting the Establishment Division to appoint a bureaucrat as Executive Director of the HEC.

Legally according to the HEC Ordinance, the Commission has the power to make this appointment. Worse still, a retired Major, now a grade 22 bureaucrat, has been given this appointment replacing a qualified technocrat, Imran said.