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The PM has left but not his brother


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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

Comments (16) Closed

Mudassir Hussain Mar 26, 2013 07:56am
Long shadows of 5 years of absolute mismanagement.
Gerry D'Cunha Mar 26, 2013 09:25am
5 years of absolute shame and distress - lets hope for the best for another 5 years, depends who will rule pakistan?
Asif Kahsmiri Mar 26, 2013 09:32am
What a shame for Pakistanis this Govt has been...we cannot get lower then this am sure.
nisar Mar 26, 2013 11:11am
Iqbal Mar 26, 2013 11:35am
Think again! they will come back
debater Mar 26, 2013 01:09pm
We can if we once again choose between PPP or PMLN
Khanm Mar 26, 2013 01:56pm
He isn
Nasr Mar 26, 2013 03:22pm
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 Mar 26, 2013 04:32pm
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.
Ali Mar 26, 2013 06:08pm
The real decline of a nation comes when they lose hopes.
Cyrus Howell Mar 26, 2013 07:17pm
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.
Naila Mar 27, 2013 08:44am
Imran Khan, insha'Allah.
khanm Mar 27, 2013 11:51am
prolong patience turns to furry...... we have been hoping for last 65 years
khanm Mar 27, 2013 11:56am
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 Mar 27, 2013 12:38pm
A fish rots from the head down - Who's next? and the next?
Jamshed Khan Mar 27, 2013 07:02pm
Nation reaping the fruits of a sham democracy and out-of-rule law.