An official at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in Karachi has been removed from office months after he pointed to nepotism and corruption in medical facilities.
Dr Tariq Ahmed Shaikh, staff executive director of the NICVD, has written to the chief secretary of Sindh about the alleged embezzlement and misuse of funds, abuse of power and rampant corruption in the NICVD.
He said he had told NICVD Executive Director Professor Dr Nadeem Qamar about the irregularities that have cost him billions over the past four years.
Officials have embezzled funds and donations through 27 bank accounts, the Sheikh said. Some of them were even promoted to BPS-19 and 20 within six months of their appointment to the NICVD.
However, the Shaykh has now lost his own job. He was laid off for “continuing absence from work”, according to NICVD management.
The National Accountability Bureau has also investigated the unusually high salaries paid to some NICVD officials.
It was revealed earlier this week that NICVD Executive Director Dr Nadeem Qamar is the highest-paid government official in Sindh.
With a salary package of Rs 6.2 million, he was paid more than Prime Minister Murad Ali Shah or Governor Imran Ismail, according to documents detailing the hospital staff’s salaries.
Dr Nadeem, PPP MNA’s brother Naveed Qamar, is a cardiologist and has been in the NICVD for 24 years, according to his website.
He roughly makes four to five times more than a Class-20 officer makes.