SIALKOT: PM Imran Khan’s Assistant Usman Dar and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz support Sialkot’s Deputy Commissioner Sonia Sadaf, who was announced a day ago by Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan was severely admonished.
They have issued statements defending the policewoman who was publicly humiliated by the Punjab Prime Minister’s advisor while visiting a Ramadan bazaar.
Awan was offended when some buyers complained about poor quality food being sold in the market.
The video of the hard sharing went viral on social media in a matter of hours. Afterwards, statements were made in support of Sonia Sadaf.
The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Youth Affairs Usman Dar expressed concern about the incident.
He said he knew the deputy commissioner and added that she was an efficient and competent officer.
Dar added that the role of women civil servants in governance is important and needs to be recognized.
Meanwhile, PML-N senior vice president Maryam Nawaz said civil servants and bureaucrats will be appointed to any administrative position after excellent academic performance and passing competitive exams.
She dug into the government and said they were not “selected” for the posts.
She said any minister or the prime minister’s special assistant had no right to insult an officer and urged Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan to apologize to AC Sonia Sadaf.
Later, in responding to the Sialkot incident, Punjab chief secretary Jawwad Rafique Malik said that the uncivilized treatment of an administrator in a Ramadan bazaar was condemnable.
In a statement on Sunday evening, Punjab CS said that Deputy Commissioner Sonia Sadaf and other administrative officials were on the front lines despite the scorching heat and the corona pandemic.
He said the use of unethical language by officials or employees was condemnable, adding that administrative officials across Punjab were on site day and night to make things easier for people, which was greatly appreciated.
Jawwad Rafique Malik said he had shared his reservations about the tragic incident with the Punjab Prime Minister.