By Rauf Klasra


The newly-appointed Vice Chancellor of the University of Sindh — Dr Nazir Moghul — has landed in a controversy within the first seven days of his appointment, as it has now been revealed after about 10 years that during his previous term at the university as its VC (1995-1999), he had been getting the bills of Viagra tablets paid from the university budget in the name of his “medical treatment” in the US.

The official copies of these bills (available with The News) containing the details of Viagra tablets make an interesting reading.

The documents showed that a set of 30 Viagra tables was purchased in the US when Dr Moghul had gone there in the name of “medical treatment” and claimed the bill when he returned to the university. The copy of the bill, paid by the university, confirmed that it was purchased from the Rite Aid Pharmacy and Dr Singh Karpia had prescribed Dr Nazir Moghul the use of 100mg Viagra tablets. Dr Singh had written in his prescription that Dr Moghul was a “senior citizen”, so he should be given Viagra on demand. The total cost of the 30 Viagra tablets was $243.

The documents showed that on his return to University of Sindh, the secretary of Dr Moghul prepared the medical bill of the VC for payment. The medical treatment was shown in the US. In his letter to the director finance, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, the secretary wrote: “I am enclosing herewith the medical bills of Dr Nazir Moghul, the vice chancellor, during his visit to the US for medical treatment, giving the details of each bill.”

Four medical bills were mentioned in this letter (a copy of which is available with The News), including the Viagra tablets bill No 0237683945. The secretary wrote that the amount of these bills was paid by the vice chancellor out of his own pocket in the US and the same might be reimbursed. The bill was immediately reimbursed to Dr Moghul.

The official documents showed that this was not the only controversy which might hit the university, but at the moment, it had been revealed that Dr Moghul was also linked to some admission fraud that had taken place in the university where he used to teach.

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The evidence available with this correspondent confirmed that Dr Moghul had spent many years at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. At Edinboro, he was accused of getting financial benefits from foreign students for giving them false certificates to enable them to enter the US. He was the incharge of the international student office at the Edinboro University and kept in his custody the letter pads from a number of institutions. After getting some financial benefits, he would approve on the Edinboro stationary false statements that were written on blanks forms. Meanwhile, using his connections, Dr Moghul got himself appointed at University of Sindh during the second PPP tenure. In his absence from Edinboro, the blank forms scam had found place in a local newspaper, The Pittsburgh Press.

Its correspondent, Lee Bowman, had filed a story that said the federal immigration authorities were probing that some Edinboro state college officials illegally issued blank forms that would allow Iranian students to enter the US. The report said: “The blank forms contain the signature of Nazir Moghul, who, until recently, was in charge of the recruitment supervising foreign students.” The report said Dr Moghul was in Pakistan on leave without salary.

However, when the correspondent sought his views the university administration denied he had issued any blank forms to any student with his signature. The university spokesman said to Bowman: “When he (Dr Moghul) returns in May, we will sit down with him and decide what appropriate steps should be taken. I don’t know what the federal officials may do.”

Meanwhile, this correspondent made several attempts for two consecutive days to get the version of Dr Moghul, but he was not available. His cell phone and residence numbers went unattended. Even messages sent on his mobile with specific questions were not replied.

However, on behalf of Dr Moghul, the spokesman for the University of Sindh, Majeed Panhwar, strongly defended Dr Moghul and completely rejected these allegations.

Panhwar said actually a group was active against Dr Moghul in the university since his first tenure as the VC SU and it had been spreading the propaganda against Dr Moghul for political gains.

Panhwar said: “After his departure from the university in 1999, the opponents who replaced him could not prove a single charge against Dr Nazir Moghul.”

He rejected the charge that Dr Moghul had got bills of Viagra paid by the university.

He also rejected the allegations of probe into Edinboro University for issuing the blank forms to the foreign students to enter into the US after taking money from them. Panhwar claimed that Dr Moghul had helped 1,200 Pakistani students get scholarships in the US.

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