Lahore: Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab, will hold a press conference and clarify the dispute involving Assistant Commissioner Sialkot Sonia Sadaf.
The Punjab chief minister’s advisor spoke on the incident, saying that the attitude by the assistant commissioner was disappointing. She said 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.
Speaking about the incident, she said, “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 pointed the gun at some media personnel, saying that they had distorted the photo during the incident yesterday.
The chief minister’s assistant said that yesterday there were several media figures at the Ramadan Bazaar. They added the icing on this episode, “it became a gathering and distorted the narrative”.
“[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. “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 said.
The assistant to the chief minister of Punjab said that politicians and those who “must knock on the door of the people to seek their votes” must assess the situation and take corresponding measures to benefit the people.
Summarising yesterday’s incident, she said: “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.
She said the facts of the incident from yesterday were deliberately distorted and not communicated properly to the chief secretary Punjab government, which had caused a misunderstanding.
Dr. Awan said that she has visited a total of 14 Ramadan bazaars and even checked the layout of the grocery store, but the “that attitude” she saw yesterday was unprecedented.