PESHAWAR: A spokesman for the Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan said Wednesday merit was being followed at the university in recruitment and other matters.Responding to a protest rally staged in Mardan on Monday and reported by the media the next day, the spokesman said allegations levelled against the AWKU administration were baseless and malafide. The protest rally was led by the ANP MPA from Mardan, Ahmad Khan Bahadur.

The spokesman said all recruitments at the AWKU were made by the competent forums including the selection board and the syndicate. He added that the development projects were approved and executed by following a proper procedure. The spokesman said transparency and merit prevailed at the university and everything was shared with the Higher Education Commission, the Governor’s Secretariat and other relevant departments.