Fawad Chaudhry, Saeed Ghani trade barbs over Sindh governor’s qualification

  • Imran Ismail is not a graduate and holds an intermediate degree

Nominated Sindh Governor Imran Ismail’s qualification has sparked a row between Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson and federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Saeed Ghani.

Responding to Saeed Ghani’s objection over Imran Ismail’s qualification that the latter is not even a graduate and holds an intermediate degree, Fawad Chaudhry maintained that if a matriculate can become president then an intermediate can also serve as governor.

Chaudhry was referring to PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, who served as the president of Pakistan during the PPP government’s tenure.

The PTI spokesperson said that he would have appreciated Ghani’s comments had he noticed the same about Zardari. “If a matriculate can serve as president, what is wrong with governorship,” he added.

Earlier, it was reported that the PTI leader Sindh governor-designate holds an intermediate degree.

Details of his degree were mentioned in the documents he submitted to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) as part of his nomination from Karachi’s PS-111 constituency.

A governor also acts as the chancellor for all government-run universities which has invited criticism from education experts, who argue Ismail does not have the necessary qualifications for the post.

Ismail was elected as a member of the provincial assembly from PS-111 Karachi (South-V) in this year’s general election will take oath as a governor on August 27. According to Article 103 of the constitution, his provincial assembly seat shall become vacant the day he becomes the governor.

After being designated as governor by PTI chairman and the country’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, Ismail has said he will serve as a bridge between the federal and Sindh governments for swift completion of major development projects in the best interest of the people of the province.

He also said that he would ensure accountability and transparency in the projects as per the policy of the federal government with zero tolerance for corruption.

He is also on record pledging that he would request the prime minister to announce special development package for Sindh that could prove beneficial for both rural and urban areas.