AC Sialkot controversy: Dr Firdous Awan says public representatives are answerable to the plenty

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Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan addressing a press convention. — PID/File

LAHORE: Reacting to yesterday’s episode by which she scolded the Assistant Commissioner Sialkot Sonia Sadaf, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan defended her actions, saying public representatives had been answerable to the plenty. 

The Punjab chief minister’s advisor spoke on the incident, saying that the perspective by the assistant commissioner was disappointing. She mentioned Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had requested for a report back to be submitted on the matter, including that he had additionally expressed displeasure over the general public having to face in lengthy queues to purchase sugar.

Speaking concerning the incident, she mentioned, “If implementation is not being done on the coronavirus SOPs fixed by the government, then [it should be understood] that we [public office holders] are accountable to the people.”

She turned her weapons in direction of some media individuals, saying that that they had distorted the image yesterday when the incident happened.

The chief minister’s aide mentioned there have been a number of media individuals on 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 mentioned. Taking a dig at Sonia Sadaf, Dr Awan mentioned any one that doesn’t wish to “come out of his/her air-conditioned room” mustn’t get entangled search 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 mentioned.

Dr Awan mentioned the ladies she was combating for within the Ramadan bazaar neither belonged to her constituency nor had been they her kin. “These were common people for whom we bought sugar from stalls and gave it to them so that the government’s goodwill is maintained,” she mentioned.

The Punjab chief minister’s aide mentioned politicians and those that “have to knock on the people’s doors to seek their votes” should assess the state of affairs and take measures accordingly within the curiosity of the plenty.

Summarising yesterday’s incident, she mentioned: “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 mentioned.

She mentioned the info of the incident from yesterday had been intentionally distorted and never communicated correctly to the chief secretary Punjab authorities, which had precipitated a misunderstanding.

Dr Awan mentioned she had visited a complete of 14 Ramadan bazaars and even inspected preparations at utility shops however “the kind of attitude” she witnessed yesterday was unprecedented. 

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