KARACHI: What does it take to fix an incompetent, corrupt and callous department that has failed to perform its primary duties and allowed the spread of ill-health and disease amongst millions of citizens? A short answer is that it only takes one Ayesha Mumtaz to transform a department.
Who is Ayesha Mumtaz? She is the Director Operations in the Punjab Food Department. She is honest, bold, efficient, unbiased and tolerates no political influence or nonsense of any other shade. From high-end locations, including many of the five-star hotels in Lahore to smaller restaurants, she has sealed or fined several of these. For many of these entities, it was their first exposure to Hygiene and Food Safety 101.
What does it take to transform a department? It takes an Adeeb Rizvi or an Ayesha Mumtaz. It takes someone who never says, ‘but this cannot be done in Pakistan’. Could we request the Punjab government to lend Ayesha Mumtaz to Sindh for two years? Sindh badly needs an IG police, who is honest, bold, competent and intolerant of political influence.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2015.