LAHORE: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Tuesday made Tourism Secretary retired Capt Mushtaq Ahmad an officer on special duty (OSD) and suspended officials during a surprise visit to the head office of the tourism department.

Expressing displeasure over the absence of the secretary, officers and officials during a surprise visit to the tourism department head office, the chief minister said those failing to attend their offices in time had no right to remain on their posts as its sheer negligence.

“I have directed to initiate disciplinary action against staff and observance of time would be ensured in offices. I would pay surprise visits to departments to monitor performance as well as officers’ attendance,” he said and announced indiscriminate action against officers and staff failing to reach offices in time.

The government officials should mend their ways as “I am deeply disappointed over the vacant tourism office,” he said.

PDM: The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) would avoid holding a long march like its earlier claim of tendering resignations from the assemblies, says Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.

In a statement issued here on Tuesday, he said that announcing a long march on Pakistan Day was totally unjustified and the visionless politicians should avoid achieving political gains on a national day. “It is an attempt to divide the nation,” he said.

The chief minister advised the PDM to revisit its negative attitude as the nation would never forgive its anarchistic designs.

Published in Dawn, December 8th, 2021

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