By Zulfiqar Ahmad
ISLAMABAD, June 30: A key member of the board of governors (BoG) of Langlands School and College Chitral on Tuesday came down hard on the deputy commissioner Chitral for declaring himself as the chairman of the BoG, saying he (DC) had no role at all in the matters of the institution.
In a telephonic interview with ChitralToday, Azam Khan, former chief secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who is a member of the school’s BoG, said except Javed Majeed, an ex-deputy commissioner Chitral and the founder of the school, no DC ever acted as the chairman of the BoG.
Mr Khan said since the school was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) under the Societies Registration Act 1860 as a non-profit company, it had regularly been electing its chairman, adding the claim of the DC was ‘ridiculous’.
He maintained that being a chairman of the school was too big a claim which the deputy commissioner Aminul Haq should have said after great consideration, as he had nothing to do with the school management. “It’s being run by its board of governors”.
“Raza Kuli Khan is the incumbent chairman of the school’s board of governors and I don’t know from where this deputy commissioner has jumped in…we’ve held some two BoG meetings [and] kept a vigilant eye on the issue. I have also told the chief secretary to take notice of what the DC has done,” he added.
To a question about the alleged role by the DC in making the school controversial, Mr Khan categorically said if he had any role whosoever he would face the music, adding: “Who are you [DC] to stage a coup on the school…who has given you the authority and in which capacity you’re doing all this…”.
He said the chief secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mohammad Amjad Khan told him about the reports coming from the deputy commissioner. Mr Khan said it was his proposal to form a committee in order to expose those misusing their authority and misleading the top government officials.
“The chief secretary is sending secretary education to Chitral to look into the matter and I’m going to meet him again tomorrow [and] let’s see how the DC takes over the school,” he maintained.
“It’s a very good school and Carey Schofield has streamlined everything. It was the directives of the BoG to fire the teachers as some of them were taking drugs, while others’ performance was extremely poor,” he added.
According to Azam Khan, the group of terminated teachers got the signature of Major Langlands on a letter addressed to federal interior minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan in Lahore and requested him to stop the renewal of Carey Schofield’s visa.
“Chaudhary Nisar was misguided by these people (sacked teachers) and stopped Carey’s visa. We’ll discuss the issue with the interior minister and bring the facts to the limelight as they misguided the country’s interior minister,” said Azam Khan.
The group of sacked teachers, he said, also met National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, a former Aitchisonian, with reference to Major Langlands and also misled him which had deepened the controversy.
“We all know that Langlands, a 97-year-old man is unable to even recognize the former boys who studied under him at Aitchison College in Lahore. This thing must stop here as people have started exploiting an honourable old man for their own vested interest,” he maintained.