Raja Pervez Ashraf addressing the nation.— Photo by APP

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.

The Secretariat police registered a case against the employees and two leaders of the non-teaching staff — Mohammad Bilal and Sardar Sidique — were arrested.

Abdul Rauf, the senior vice-president of the non-teaching staff association, told Dawn that only one out of their three demands had been accepted. “However, Joint Education Adviser Rafique Tahir has assured us that after the completion of the interim government CAD will try to resolve the other issues.

“We have decided to postpone our strike because our major demand has been met. Now every employee will get promotion after every five years and those who have been working for the last 15 years in the same scale will get three promotions simultaneously,” he said.

Saddaqat Abbasi, the chairman of the association, said the non-teaching staff would resume work from Tuesday. “But still we demand that education allowance and 20 per cent increase in salary should be given to the employees,” he said. —Ikram Junaidi

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Comments (16)

Mudassir Hussain
March 26, 2013 7:56 am
Long shadows of 5 years of absolute mismanagement.
Gerry D'Cunha
March 26, 2013 9:25 am
5 years of absolute shame and distress - lets hope for the best for another 5 years, depends who will rule pakistan?
Asif Kahsmiri
March 26, 2013 9:32 am
What a shame for Pakistanis this Govt has been...we cannot get lower then this am sure.
March 26, 2013 11:11 am
March 26, 2013 11:35 am
Think again! they will come back
March 26, 2013 1:09 pm
We can if we once again choose between PPP or PMLN
March 26, 2013 1:56 pm
He isn’t heavy he is my brother. The road is long with many winding turns but he isn’t heavy he is my brother.....
March 26, 2013 3:22 pm
For God Sake my dear countrymen let us get rid of all the family polictics of rewarding to brothers, sons, daughters in the next election. Please tell each other to participate in the election to do so. if one person can make a target to educate 5-10 person how and whom to vote in the election a big change will come through. We have to so this or.... Also please shun those with all your will and power who have made our lovable montherland their virtual jageer.
khalid s sheikh
March 26, 2013 4:32 pm
Get all the piplis out of Islamabad and the Administration.I commend the Police Officers who refused security of these corrupt to the core pm and ex PM who has nothing to do with the administration because he is a Felon.
March 26, 2013 6:08 pm
The real decline of a nation comes when they lose hopes.
Cyrus Howell
March 26, 2013 7:17 pm
When criminals have no fear of shooting the police dead in the streets the country has almost hit rock bottom. The time for theater and play acting is over. Pakistan is shrinking.
March 27, 2013 8:44 am
Imran Khan, insha'Allah.
March 27, 2013 11:51 am
prolong patience turns to furry...... we have been hoping for last 65 years
March 27, 2013 11:56 am
Change will never happen when people lack the ability and courage to see themselves for who they are. Have the courage fear will lead you no where
Dr. M Iqbal
March 27, 2013 12:38 pm
A fish rots from the head down - Who's next? and the next?
Jamshed Khan
March 27, 2013 7:02 pm
Nation reaping the fruits of a sham democracy and out-of-rule law.
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