PPSC paper leak: Anti-Corruption Establishment makes progress in investigation

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

06th Jan, 2021. 12:00 am
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On Tuesday, Punjab’s Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) made headway in the probe of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) leaked exam paper.

According to the information provided by the ACE officials, PPSC Bahawalpur’s Assistant Director Furqan Ahmed had been arrested after a suspect, Fahad Ali had identified him

The officials told that Furqan along with the suspect from the finance department, Ghazanfar, would meet with the paper’s buyers.

ACE officials said, a day earlier that one of the suspects, arrested in connection with leaking PPSC’s exam, which he had transferred via USB.

The officials said that they had arrested four suspects involved in leaking the PPSC exam paper “red-handed just two hours before the exams for 58 Tehsildars posts were scheduled to be conducted”.

ACE officials said the investigation revealed that a junior computer operator at the Commission, identified as Waqar Akram, would steal exam papers and transfer the files to a USB drive. “Out of the four people arrested in relation to the scandal, two of them are important members of the gang.”

It should be mentioned here that on Saturday (January 2), the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) had canceled the exam at the last minute for the posts of tehsildar. This sparked anger in the candidates as they staged protests outside exam centers.

According to the details, PPSC posted the notice just 30 minutes before the start of the exam. The commission said the exam was canceled due to “unavoidable circumstances”.

Candidates across the country came to give the exam despite the cold weather protested outside the centers and alleged that the exams for tehsildar were canceled after a paper was leaked.

It is pertinent to mention here that almost 104,000 people had applied for the 58 posts of tehsildar and assistant collector.

A new date will be announced soon.

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