Aitchison College principal resigns after governor orders to waive fees for minister’s son

In a shocking turn of events, the Shahbaz Sharif government finds itself embroiled in its first major scandal, with allegations of nepotism and interference in one of Pakistan’s premier educational institutions, Aitchison College in Lahore.

The controversy centers around Governor Punjab, Beligh ur Rahman, who stands accused of pressuring Aitchison College’s esteemed Principal, Michael Thomason, into granting special privileges to the children of a cabinet member, Mr. Ahad Cheema. These privileges reportedly included extended leaves and fee waivers, sparking outrage and raising questions about the government’s integrity.

Principal Thomason, renowned for his integrity, has resigned citing multiple instances of interference by Governor Punjab in college affairs. His departure sends shockwaves through the academic community, with many expressing concern over the erosion of institutional autonomy and the integrity of educational leadership.

Adding fuel to the fire, Syed Babar Ali, a highly respected business leader, has also stepped down as a senior member of the Aitchison College Board of Governors in solidarity with Principal Thomason. In his resignation statement, Babar Ali hailed Thomason as the finest leader the college has seen in its 90-year history, underscoring the gravity of the situation.

The scandal not only tarnishes the reputation of Aitchison College but also casts a shadow over the Shahbaz Sharif government, raising questions about ethics and accountability within the administration. As the controversy unfolds, calls for transparency and accountability grow louder, with stakeholders demanding a thorough investigation into the alleged misconduct.

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