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Video: Firdous Ashiq Awan shouts at Sialkot AC

Punjab Chief Secretary has conveyed reservations to CM over the incident

SAMAA | - Posted: May 3, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 days ago
Posted: May 3, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 days ago

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".

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.



  1. Karamat Chaudry  May 3, 2021 7:37 pm/ Reply

    Government functionaries need to be respected. The AC behaved in a most dignified manner despite the rude verbal attack by the Minister. An apology to the officer is due to set things right.

  2. Alay Ahmad  May 5, 2021 9:41 am/ Reply

    ; Government of the people, by the people, for the people”(very old proverb.)

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