It is attributed to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America, who once said, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time” but this can be summarised and rephrased for Pakistani society, “You cannot fool some of the people all of the time but you can fool all the people in Pakistan all of the time.” Nowadays NTS tests have become talk of the town, let it be the admission to any educational institution or employment in any public sector organization, one must pass an NTS test. Whenever I reflect on growing talent and creativity-killing trend of NTS tests it agitates me and I want to ask someone. What is the legal validity of the National Testing Services? Or under what law is NTS working? Are the NTS tests not in flagrant violation of the guidance enshrined in the ESTACODE for employment in the government from BPS-1 to 16 and from BPS-17 to 22? If we have to totally rely on this NTS then what is the use of sitting for Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), Provincial Public Service Commissions, why waste huge national exchequer on the salaries, perks and privileges of highly experienced bureaucrats?  If our PhD, LLM, MPhil and other degree holders are not able to conduct the admission tests, and they have to depend on this private sector entity, then, why invest in these degrees? Why should one believe that the NTS management is an unbiased and independent while the senior government employees of the public sector are not credible, competent and fair to conduct the tests and interviews for recruitment and admissions in different universities?Every candidate is charged around Rs.2,000 for the test and other expenses. Their tests have become a common feature in different public sector schools and other buildings on Saturdays and Sundays. In every test hundreds of thousands of candidates appear and the NTS management mints millions of rupees, ruthlessly exploiting the state resources and it is reported that this legacy of dictatorial regime has so far minted billions of rupees. I guess, the entire money goes into their account? What is the benefit to the public sector organisation, with the exception of a few bigwigs, and who has conducted their audit and accounts?It is noticed that the NTS tests are thought to check the IQ level of a candidates, but it is not justifiable. These tests conducted by NTS are unrealistic as they neither encourage quick decision making nor understanding the situation and not even broad thinking or such terms as ‘thinking out of the box’. The research minded scholars have been found not to have performed well in the stereotyped NTS tests, then, what is the utility and scope of these tests? HASHIM ABRO, Islamabad, June 19.