Punjab Chief Secretary has conveyed reservations to CM over the incident
Update: On Monday, Firdous Ashiq Awan admitted she did not use the right words. Read about her apology here
Firdous Ashiq Awan, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar’s special assistant on information, scolded an assistant commissioner in public during a visit to a Ramazan bazaar in Sialkot.
In a video, Awan was seen shouting at Assistant Commissioner Sonia Sadaf over the quality of fruit being sold at the market.
In a statement, Punjab Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik said he condemns the use of indecent language by Dr Awan against a government official.
Despite coronavirus and hot weather, the government officials are performing their duties in the field and no one should be allowed to humiliate them, Malik added.
The provincial chief secretary said that he has conveyed his reservations to CM Buzdar over the Sialkot incident.
Who is Sonia Sadaf, the Assistant Commissioner in Sialkot? She has a Master's of Public Administration from Cornell University, a BBA from the University of Arkansas and a BBA Honors from University of Central Punjab. She is a UGRAD Fellow, a Fulbright scholar and worked for the World Bank.
Following this, Dr Awan received a backlash from the public on social media. People called her behavior "absurd" and "uneducated".
#FirdousAshiqAwan is a real face of the ruling party that showing how they behave. At least, Assistant commissioner is polite and decent lady. Is there anyone who should take notice of Firdous Ashiq Awan’s behavior?— Veengas (@VeengasJ) May 2, 2021
Humiliation of a public servant by provincial minister @Dr_FirdousPTI is highly deplorable and condemnable! It certainly is not the best way to hold an officer accountable— Ayesha Raza Farooq (@AyeshaRaza13) May 2, 2021
Women need to build each other up; not demean, ridicule & demoralise
An apology is in order!#ACSIALKOT
We condemn the uncivilised treatment meted out to Assistant Commissioner, Sialkot Ms. Sonia Sadaf at Ramzan Bazar today. The officer maintained the professional decorum and handled the situation calmly. An apology is expected in the matter. @ypasa_official— PAS Fraternity 🇵🇰 (@PASFraternity) May 2, 2021
PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz tweeted that it's unfair of the government to vent out the anger of their failures on government officers. "Government officials are not your personal employees. This treatment is reprehensible."
Civil servants and bureaucrats reach this place by reading, working hard, and passing competitive exams, Maryam said. "They are not selected. Being a minister does not mean that you have a license to humiliate officers."
She demanded Dr Awan apologise to Sonia Sadaf.