Mufti Abdul Shakoor, the Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, is purportedly opposed to the nomination of a female officer to fill the position of Director-General, Hajj in the ministry.
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Twenty officers from Grade 20 took the written test for the position. Amjad Khan of the Officer Management Group secured 61 marks. On the other hand, securing first position, Saima Saba of the Audit and Account Group got 71. Mufti Shakoor was not happy with the results.
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The Prime Minister’s House was asked to make the selected candidates take the test again. The demand was immediately rejected. Mufti Shakoor then planned to disqualify both the successful candidates in an interview that was held on October 26, 2022. The interview panel joined him in this scheme.
The religious minister asked Saima questions throughout the entire 48 minutes of the session, and failed her. Following the incident, an audio recording of Mufti Shakoor speaking to Saba surfaced in which he was asking her about dupatta’s importance. He also asked her about what other nations would think when they see her not wearing a dupatta.
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Since then, the minister has addressed the issue, accusing the female candidate of illegally recording the interview. Islamabad High Court is presently hearing the petition against the claimed gender discrimination.
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