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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 months ago
Posted: May 3, 2021 | Last Updated: 5 months 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.



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