Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Latest newsThe PM has left but not his brother

ISLAMABAD: The government and the prime minister have gone home but Raja Pervez Ashraf’s brother continues hanging on to the executive’s coat tails.
This was evident on Monday when he brought the news to the protesting non-teaching staff that the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) had issued a notification for their time-scale promotion.
In fact, he handed over the notification to the employees.
It is an open secret in the capital that Raja Imran Ashraf, brother of former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, is hoping to contest the coming elections on the PPP ticket.
No wonder then the opposition is very critical of the manner in which Imran Ashraf, who held no position in the government, is acting as if he is an official.
The local leaders of the PML-N termed his move on Monday an attempt to gain an edge in the upcoming elections.
“PML-N leader Tariq Fazal Choudhry visited the sit-ins three times and spent hours in the ministry of finance for the issuance of the notification but now it was handed over to the employees by the brother of the former PM,” said Ali Khan, the personal secretary to Mr Chaudhry.
“I cannot understand in which capacity Mr Ashraf had distributed the notification. Though the PPP government has gone, it seems the bureaucracy is still following the instructions of the PPP leaders,” he said.
He added: “Everyone knows that the credit to get the notification issued goes to the PML-N leader.”
On the other hand, the non-teaching staff in 465 educational institutions seemed happy as they finally got the notification, which will benefit over 5,000 employees from Basic Pay Scale 1 to 15.L


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