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LAHORE: Particular Assistant to the Chief Minister Punjab Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan is holding a press convention, and providing her clarification on the controversy involving Assistant Commissioner Sialkot Sonia Sadaf. 

The Punjab chief minister’s advisor spoke on the incident, saying that the angle by the assistant commissioner was disappointing. She mentioned Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had requested for a report back to be submitted on the matter, including that he had additionally expressed displeasure over the general public having to face in lengthy queues to purchase sugar. 

Talking concerning the incident, she mentioned, “If implementation is not being done on the coronavirus SOPs fixed by the government, then [it should be understood] that we [public office holders] are accountable to the people,” she mentioned. 

She turned her weapons in the direction of some media individuals, saying that they’d distorted the image yesterday when the incident came about. 

The chief minister’s aide mentioned there have been a number of media individuals on the Ramadan bazaar yesterday who “became a party and twisted the narrative” by giving an angle to the episode. 

“[They] said I had gotten angry because I was not provided protocol,” she mentioned. Taking a dig at Sonia Sadaf, Dr Awan mentioned any one that doesn’t need to “come out of his/her air conditioned room” mustn’t get entangled search employment in public service professions. 

“These people should look towards easier professions and those who want to tread on the difficult path, should have it in them to bear the burdens that come with it,” she mentioned. 

Dr Awan mentioned the ladies she was preventing for within the Ramadan bazaar neither belonged to her constituency nor had been they her kinfolk. “These were common people for whom we bought sugar from stalls and gave it to them so that the government’s goodwill is maintained,” she mentioned. 

The Punjab chief minister’s aide mentioned politicians and people who “have to knock on the people’s doors to seek their votes” must assess the state of affairs and take measures accordingly within the curiosity of the plenty. 

Summarising yesterday’s incident, she mentioned: “Anyone who stands in the way of the Punjab government’s initiative and Usman Buzdar’s roadmap and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s mission, then I want to make it clear that I am the awaam first and then a representative of the awaam,” she mentioned. 

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