LAHORE: Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) has pointed out discrimination in action taken against heads of Motorway Police and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) for publishing ads felicitating Nawaz Sharif on becoming the prime minister.
TIP in a letter addressed to federal minister for information stated that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had ordered the deduction of the amount paid for the said advertisement from the salaries of these officers.
Though action against IG Motorways was initiated, no step was taken against the president NBP who was equally guilty of publishing ads to congratulate Nawaz Sharif.
TIP lauding the decision of the premier said it would discourage the sycophancy which has become the culture of Pakistan bureaucracy, and the only way for incompetent heads of organisations stick to their posts.
TIP recalled that on June 13, 2013 it was reported that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the publication of a full-page advertisement in national dailies on government expenditure regarding message of congratulations to Nawaz Sharif on becoming the premier. The prime minister aptly considered the advertisement a misuse of taxpayers’ money.
TIP reminded the information minister that the prime minster had declared in public that money paid for ads to congratulate him will be deducted from the salaries of IG Motorway Police and president NBP.
It is requested that actions against both should be taken, read the letter signed by Syed Adil Gilani, adviser to TIP.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2013.
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