Executive orders: PM bars ‘favours’ for his family

Published: July 28, 2012
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The newly-elected
premier went as far
to ministries to report
any phone calls by
his family, asking for
favours, to the Prime
Minister’s Secretariat. PHOTO: FILE

The newly-elected premier went as far to ministries to report any phone calls by his family, asking for favours, to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

An extra-cautious Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has restrained all ministers, government divisions and public sector offices from providing any ‘favours’ to members of his family.

The newly-elected premier even went as far to direct them to report any phone calls by his family, asking for favours, to the Prime Minister Secretariat.

In a memo, penned by the cabinet division and duly signed by Joint Secretary to the Cabinet Omar Hamid Khan on July 16, Prime Minister Ashraf informed all concerned departments that his relatives were not permitted to make telephone calls to any government department for any task.

The memo, addressed to all secretaries, additional secretaries and in-charge of ministries and divisions, further stated that in case there was any such communication, the matter should be reported immediately to Joint Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat Fida Muhammad so that necessary action is taken against the callers.

Off-springs gone wild?

Prime Minister Ashraf’s move should hardly come as surprising, given that his predecessor, Yousaf Raza Gilani, had to face an untoward situation on a number of occasions, particularly when the name of his son, Ali Musa Gilani, surfaced in the ephedrine quota case.

Ali Musa had allegedly made a phone call to the then director-general health for issuance of an illegal quota of a controlled substance, Ephedrine, to Multan-based pharmaceutical companies. He is currently facing Anti-Narcotics Force investigations for his alleged involvement in the scam.

Furthermore, the former premier’s other son, Abdul Qadir Gilani, also hit the lime light in the Hajj corruption scandal in 2011 for allegedly using his clout as the premier’s son to get Rao Shakeel Ahmed appointed as the director-general Hajj in Saudi Arabia. According to the Federal Investigation Agency, Ahmed is the main accused in the scam.

Similarly, the chief justice of Pakistan’s son is also currently being scrutinised for his alleged involvement in graft cases. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, himself, took a suo motu notice of reports regarding alleged corruption of his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.

Pakistan Mulsim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Chaudhry Pervez Elahi’s son, Moonis, is also said to have been involved in a multi-million rupee scam pertaining to the National Insurance Corporation Limited (NICL).

Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • GS@Y
    Jul 28, 2012 - 3:32AM

    Yeah, because all corruption is done above the board…. rolls eyes

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  • a&a
    Jul 28, 2012 - 3:42AM

    the ‘Generation next’ is more Active . . .;-)

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  • Ahmad
    Jul 28, 2012 - 3:46AM

    No comments yet?? Why praise a good step. Maybe it’s too good to be true.

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  • ASIM
    Jul 28, 2012 - 4:10AM

    Stop this Drama; who have made enough in power contracts–Raja rental

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jul 28, 2012 - 4:46AM

    But what about himself, does not he know that greed has no limits and how could he control his creed. He has already bought some real estate in London, how about some in NY and Paris, come on Rental Raja, you got to keep up with your boss and buy next to him in NY.

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  • naeem
    Jul 28, 2012 - 5:06AM

    raja pervaiz ashraf is setting a very good example.this would prevent biased media from spreading accusations.

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  • Satan
    Jul 28, 2012 - 5:43AM

    ROFLMAO! You do think that we are stupid, right?

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  • Southasian
    Jul 28, 2012 - 7:03AM

    Well done for well beginning

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  • Muhammad
    Jul 28, 2012 - 7:32AM

    Perhaps following the law would be a better start than hollow gestures like this one?

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  • Baba Ji
    Jul 28, 2012 - 7:53AM

    Yeah right !!

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jul 28, 2012 - 8:04AM

    Great move. Respect!!

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  • Mirza
    Jul 28, 2012 - 8:31AM

    This is a great example for all past and future heads of the state and provincial heads. Let us hope the country moves ahead and makes progress.

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  • Ahmed Lodhi
    Jul 28, 2012 - 8:33AM

    A good step indeed. Further precautions required to put justice league back in its place.

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  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Jul 28, 2012 - 9:01AM

    Good step.Let us give him credit for this.
    Please also cancel the policy of giving plots to grade 22 government servants etc

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  • Noman
    Jul 28, 2012 - 9:13AM

    Mr. PM what Brand of cigerrette have you been smoking?

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  • Janjua
    Jul 28, 2012 - 9:41AM

    @Noman: Unbranded… Rolled ;)

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Jul 28, 2012 - 9:03PM

    The memo does not bar Gilani family.

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