Thursday, October 6, 2022

Islamabad mayor suspended over corruption allegations for 90 days

Islamabad mayor suspended over corruption allegations for 90 days
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The federal government on Sunday suspended Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) Mayor Sheikh Anser Aziz over corruption allegations for 90 days. The interior ministry issued a notification after federal cabinet gave the approval to remove Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Anser Aziz from the post. According to a notification of Interior Ministry, the step has been taken for fair conduct of inquiry under section 96, sub-section (1) of Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Act, 2015. Mayor Sheikh Anser is accused of alleged misappropriation of funds by awarding a contract for inter-city bus service to a company of his choice. He is a close friend of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and was elected as Mayor Islamabad in 2016. It is pertinent to mention here that the Local Government Commission (LGC) Friday recommended suspending Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Anser Aziz on account of miss use of powers. An important meeting of the LGC was held here under the chairmanship of MNA Ali Nawaz Awan. During the meeting, Chief Metropolitan Officer Syeda Shafaq presented a corruption reference of Rs40 million pertaining to intercity transport stops against the mayor of Islamabad. After the commission members’ voting, chairman Ali Nawaz Awan recommended the suspension of the mayor to the interior ministry.