Press Conference By Engr. Akmal Javed

Candidate Member Governing Body (Mech-Punjab)
On 07 Aug 2018 at 3:00 PM

Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) is a statutory body established under PEC Act 1976 to regulate the engineering profession in Pakistan controlled by Ministry of Science and Technology Govt. of Pakistan. The Executive Authority of the Council vests in the Governing Body which is elected by the registered Engineers and Professional Engineers for 3 years term. The tenure of existing Governing body will expire on 5th September 2018.

The elections of Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) governing body 2018-21 which were notified in the National Press on 2nd July 2018 have entered its final stage. Physical balloting will be held on 12th August 2018 at 136 designated polling stations in major districts of Pakistan. The final list of the candidates along with their profiles have been released and uploaded on PEC Website quite late on 6th August 2018.

It is astonishing to note that the Original Bio-data submitted under Para-3 of the nomination papers submitted by the sitting Chairman PEC, Mr. Jawed SalimQureshiwhich contained a false and incorrect statement that he is Member BOG Atomic Energy Commission and was objected during scrutiny process has been replaced with the fresh Bio-data in violation of PEC Bye-laws.

According to the schedule of Elections 2018 notified in the press the nomination papers were to be received by 1700 hrs. 9th July 2018 and the scrutiny of nomination of nomination papers was held on 13th July 2018 starting from 10:00 hrs. and concluded at 13:00 hrs. A list of 256 nomination papers received was tabled on a single page sheet and it was informed that out of 256 nomination papers 228 papers have been accepted and the rest of 28 papers were rejected. The detail of 28 rejected papers was displayed on the multi-media in tabular form.On a point of order, I pointed out the accepting the nomination papers by the Election Committee without giving reasonable opportunity to the members attending the scrutiny process for examining all nomination papers without inviting any objection from the persons attending the scrutiny under above referred section 27(1) of the PEC bye-laws is a serious violation of bye-laws making the whole election process non-transparent, undemocratic and unlawful. The meeting which started at 10:00 a.m was adjourned at 1:00 p.m for the Jummah Prayers but never resumed again.

Written objections on the nomination papers of sitting Chairman Mr. Jawed SalimQureshi who is the candidate for the office of Chairman PEC Election were filed as he does not fulfill the single criteria as laid down under section-4 of PEC Act 1976 which states that the Chairman shall be an eminent professional engineer of known integrity, competence, standing and statue with a minimum of twenty-five years of standing.

He has given a false and fraudulent declaration written in the nomination papers that he is Member Board ofGovernors Atomic Energy Commission.

Various violations of PEC Act 1976 and PEC Bye-laws during his incumbency as indicated in my written objection dated 18.07.18, addressed to the convener Election Committee.
Despite written admission of giving incorrect information by Mr. Jawed SalimQureshi in the nomination papers as informed by the convener Election Committee the nomination papers have been arbitrarily accepted ignoring all the objections which has made the whole scrutiny process illegal, no n-transparent and unlawful.

It is requested to Federal Government of Pakistan that:
Keeping above violations of PEC Act and PEC Bye-laws in view and the malpractices of sitting Chairman Mr. Jawed SalimQureshi who is himself a candidate for the Chairman PEC the free, fair and transparent Election process cannot be ensured. Therefore, the same may be conducted by a neutral interim setup.
Therefore it is requested that under section 30 of the PEC Act 1976 a Commission of Inquirymay be constituted to probe into the allegations leveled against the Election Committee for its failure to conduct the scrutiny of nomination papers process according to PEC Be-laws 1976 in a transparent manner.
Unlawful and illegal scrutiny of nomination papers undertaken by the Election Committee in camera and replacing/altering the false and incorrect Bio-data of Mr. Jawed SalimQureshi written in the nomination papers in contravention of PEC Bye-laws may be canceled.
Further activities with regard to the conduct of election may be stopped henceforth.
Mal-practices and violations of PEC Act and Byelaws committed by sitting Chairman PEC mentioned in above referred letter dated 18/7/2018 may be probed and responsibility fixed.

Posted on Aug 08, 18 | 6:51 am