JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman's brother has been appointed the deputy commissioner of Karachi's District Central, despite not being a CSS qualified officer.
People are criticising Zia-ur-Rehman's appointment and calling it political. He has never held a post in Karachi.
He started off in KP as a PTCL division engineer before the 2007 MMA government. During that time the chief minister sent a summary to the governor to circumvent the rules to allow Zia's appointment in the provincial management service.
From there he was appointed a section officer in Peshawar and moved to the establishment division in 2014. He was also appointed to other important posts later.
When the PTI came into power he was removed from his post and NAB began investigating how he was appointed in the first place without being a civil servant.
Some opposition members had also staged a protest in the KP Assembly against Zia's appointment but nothing more was done.
As deputy commissioner he will be responsible for several government functions.
According to sources, his appointment was reportedly brought up during the last meeting between Asif Ali Zardari and Fazl.
MQM leader Kanwar Naveed Jameel has criticised the decision. He wrote a letter to Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah asking him to withdraw the notification appointing Zia.
Jameel cited Clause 1,752 of the Supreme Court Monthly Review, 2013 and Clause 456 of the monthly review of 2015. The Supreme Court has banned the Sindh government from deputing anyone on government posts, he said.
The MQM leader also accused the provincial government of having ill intentions against Karachi residents by ignoring merit while appointing the DC.