Former Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) chairman Dr. Umar Saif has for the first time opened up about his sacking from the post by the provincial government.
Saif, while speaking on a local TV show on Tuesday, said he is happy he served his country and carries no burden.
To a question, former PITB chief said the incumbent government decided to replace him as this was its prerogative, the decision has been announced.
Umar said a summary has been moved in this regards but he was yet to receive a formal notification, which is expected on Wednesday (today).
Saif stated that the government has already found out the new chairman for the board.
Saif revealed that the charge of Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Information Technology University was also taken away from him and will be given to a senior professor of the University, while the P&D chairman Habeeb-ur-Rehman Gillani would be the new chairman of PITB.
Dr. Umar Saif was appointed as the chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board in November 2011.
In a statement shared with ProPakistani, Dr. Umar Saif confirmed the development on Monday.
The statement further read:
All good things must come to an end. It was a privilege to serve this country for 7 years.
I served five successive governments and established two institutions: PITB, which became the main reform engine for the government with over 300 projects in Punjab and other provinces, and ITU, which in just 5 years, became one of the premier technology universities of Pakistan with close to 100 PhD faculty members.
Plan9, PlanX and e-rozgaar paved new avenues of entrepreneurship, innovation and employment for the youth of Pakistan.
I am truly proud of all my team members. 1,700 fantastic professionals at PITB; 112 faculty members at ITU.
In the end, I served for as long as I could — beyond provincial boundaries and political divides — and gave it all I had. I am sure those who come in future will take these institutions to new heights. Pakistan zindabad!