Arrest warrants issued for CIIT Rector Islamabad
Arrest warrants issued for CIIT Rector Islamabad

Date: 24th May 2017

Islamabad, a judicial magistrate on Monday issued warrants for the arrest of Dr Raheel Qamar, the rector of Comsats Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), and the vice chairman of the Ethics Committee of Shifa International Hospital.

Prof Dr Raheel Qamar has been booked in a criminal case against the charge of conspiring physical assault on a senior faculty member.

According to arrest warrants available with The Nation, Judicial Magistrate Sohail Thaheem has issued arrest warrants of Dr Raheel Qamar, the rector of Comsats and directed the SHO of Shahzad Town Police station to arrest the rector and produce him in his court. Raheel Qamar and Samra Mohsin Khan were booked in a criminal case and an FIR was registered against them in Shahzad Town Police station for allegedly hatching a conspiracy and physical assault on a faculty member of Comsats in his office.  The rector was also accused of intimidating and harassing witnesses and manipulating inquiry proceedings.

The pro-rector of CIIT Haroon Rasheed was also removed from service last year when it was proved that he had a fake and plagiarised PhD degree.  The National Testing Service (NTS) scandal surfaced after that and it transpired that the then rector of CIIT, Dr S M Junaid Zaidi was a shareholder and chairman Board of Directors of NTS since it was formed in 2003.

Arrest warrants have now been issued for CIIT Rector Raheel Qamar. Nearly 40,000 students are enrolled at the university. The government needs to thoroughly investigate the corruption and maladministration in CIIT. HEC needs to take notice of the issue as well.