RAWALPINDI, April 29: A special inspection team formed on the instructions of chairman Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi stumbled on a political minefield here on Wednesday when it caught a young man sitting in the intermediate examination for somebody else.
Police booked Bilal Javed, son of Javed Khan, a resident of Kohati Bazaar, for fraud but hid all the important identity of the intended benefactor - a sitting MNA of the PML-N.
It is learnt that Bilal is a nephew of Haji Pervez Khan whose colourful rise in politics culminated in the winning of the city’s NA-55 seat in the by-election after it was vacated by the PML-N leader Javed Hashmi.
When contacted, Haji Pervez, MNA, termed the incident a conspiracy hatched by his political rivals. “It is a drama and a conspiracy hatched by my political rivals. I shall investigate it,” he said.
Bilal was sitting in the Pakistan Studies paper of the intermediate exam at the Gordon College centre with Roll No 742483 allocated to Pervez Khan, son of Mohammad Khan.
Eyewitnesses said as the inspection team entered the hall, the young man stood up from his seat and in the meantime a group of youth, suspected to be political activists, came inside the hall apparently to help him.
A source close to the police said after seeing the situation getting out of control, the superintendent of the centre called the police high-ups who ordered the police personnel to arrest the culprits.
But the police high-ups did not disclose the identity of the intending benefactor after his subordinates put the real picture before them.
Though Bilal was caught by the police and a case registered against him with the City police but the name of the real candidate was not mentioned in the FIR.
The source said the sudden removal of Chairman BISE Iftikhar Baig on Tuesday night was also linked with the incident as he had reportedly refused to help the “original candidate” on the pressure of another PML-N MNA. After his removal, Prof Riaz was given additional charge of the chairman.
Meanwhile, the chief of the special inspection team which caught Bilal has shifted his family to an undisclosed place after receiving threats of dire consequences from unidentified persons.
Dr Naeemullah Bajwa, who led the special inspection team, told Dawn that when they entered the Gordon College (centre-A) a group of young men started knocking at the door.
He said the youth forcibly entered the hall and told the examination staff that they were looking for a man who was holding a pistol. He said after seeing the intruders, the young man sitting in the exam stood up from his seat and started walking towards them.
Dr Bajwa said it was not possible for a bogus candidate to appear in the exam without the connivance of the superintendent.
The superintendent, Asmat Ali, a teacher at a higher secondary school in Lehtrar, has been suspended after the incident.
Dr Bajwa said since the arrest of the man, he had been receiving threats of dire consequences from unidentified people. He said he had shifted his family to some undisclosed place, while the members of the special team had been given police protection.
Dr Hamid, one of the colleagues of Dr Bajwa, said police were reluctant to take action against the protesters who got annoyed after the raid.
He demanded that Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif should provide them protection as they had been following his guidelines.