Ehtesab-Commission KP faces crises due to multiple vacant posts

PESHAWAR (Monitoring desk): In more than three years since its establishment, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab-Commission could not solve even a single graft case. Of the current ones, chances of conclusion are bleak due to many posts of the body being vacant.

Ehtesab-Commission formed due to lack of confidence in KP anti-corruption department by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led provincial government but it failed to utilize its full capacity.

According to commission sources, 29 references filed by Ehtesab-Commission in the accountability court have yet not been concluded and lack of officials has put few more cases on the back-burner.

Ehtesab-Commission stands nearly ineffective despite spending Rs 520 million on salaries, rent and furniture for the office etc ever since it started operations in 2014.

The vacant positions in the Ehtesab-Commission include that of director general’s on the top of the list. The former director general of the commission, Lieutenant General (retd) Hamid Khan, resigned on February 9, 2016, after which no one has been hired on the position yet.

The director of the commission’s human rights department has the additional charge of the director general.

Besides, two posts of additional director investigation, eight of deputy director, 12 out of 16 of assistant director, 36 posts of junior investigation officers, 10 junior clerks’, nine senior clerks’, 10 out of 18 posts of field operators and three superintendents’ posts are currently vacant.

Moreover, a number of employees in the commission are hired on a contract and do not have any job security.

The sources said Ehtesab-Commission did not even have an office to its name and was operating in four rented bungalows.

Letters have been written to the KP government many times requesting land for the commission and funds to hire officials but to no avail, sources added.

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