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Firdous Ashiq Awan Sacked: Here is how former PM’s aide and twitter react

Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan has been sacked from the post of special assistant on information and broadcasting to the Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

PM Imran Khan on Monday appointed Asim Bajwa as a new special assistant for information, who is also serving as the chairman of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority (CPECA), appointed by the govt. on Nov 27, 2019.

As per the notification issued by the Cabinet Division, “The prime minister … has been pleased to appoint Lt Gen (Rtd) Asim Saleem Bajwa as special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting, in [an] honorary capacity, with immediate effect”.

And the other notification intimidates that, “The prime minister has been pleased to remove Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan from the office of special assistant to the prime minister on information and broadcasting, with immediate effect.”

As per the emerging news, Firdous Ashiq lost a special assistant portfolio over corruption charges.

Allegations surfacing against Firdous Ashiq Awan claim that she had tried to take a 10% commission on the government’s advertisement budget. She also allegedly hired more employees on the quota of national television. Adding more to it, she had also taken 3 vehicles from the government without permission.
According to a news source, Firdous Ashiq was summoned to PM Office where PM’s Principal Secretary Azam Khan confronted her with the findings of the inquiry and directed her to step down from the position.
Source says that the former SAPM was also informed that she had violated the rules of business by acquiring additional vehicles and employees without authorisation.
Meanwhile, on late Monday night, Firqous Ashq Awan took to twitter thanking Prime Minister Imran Khan for trusting her.
She said it was his prerogative to decide which member of his team will serve on what position. “I respect his decision,” she added.

 

She also refuted news reports claiming she was removed from her office due to alleged corruption, terming them “concocted” and “baseless”.

Ever since the notification was issued, #FirdousAsiqAwan hashtag is trending on top of the Pakistani Twitter. The former PM’s aide is the latest

 

 

Saman Siddiqui

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