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AC Sialkot attitude was disappointing, Says Firdous Ashiq

LAHORE: Special Assistant to the Chief Minister Punjab Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Monday said that if the implementation is not being done on the coronavirus SOPs fixed by the government, then public office holders are accountable to the people.

Addressing a press conference on the controversy involving Assistant Commissioner Sialkot Sonia Sadaf incident, Awan said that the attitude by the assistant commissioner was disappointing.

Awan further said that Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had asked for a report to be submitted on the matter, adding that he had also expressed displeasure over the public having to stand in long queues to buy sugar.

The chief minister’s aide criticised the role of media by saying that there were a few media persons at the Ramadan bazaar yesterday who “became a party and twisted the narrative” by giving an angle to the episode.

“[They] said I had gotten angry because I was not provided protocol,” she said. Taking a dig at Sonia Sadaf, Dr Awan said any person who does not want to “come out of his/her air-conditioned room” should not get involved seek employment in public service professions.

“These people should look towards easier professions and those who want to tread on the difficult path, should have it in them to bear the burdens that come with it,” she said.

Dr Awan said the women she was fighting for in the Ramadan bazaar neither belonged to her constituency nor were they her relatives.

“Anyone who stands in the way of the Punjab government’s initiative and Usman Buzdar’s roadmap and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s mission, then I want to make it clear that I am the awaam first and then a representative of the awaam,” she said.

This comes as Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan scolded assistant commissioner in public over ‘third class’ food items being sold in the Ramadan bazaar.

In a video, Awan was seen shouting at Assistant Commissioner Sonia Sadaf over the quality of fruit being sold at the market.

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