Bureaucracy locks Civil Secretariat to protest ex-LDA DG’s arrest

23 Feb, 2018 1:12 pm

LAHORE (92 News) – Following the arrest of former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director General (DG) Ahad Cheema, the bureaucracy in the Civil Secretariat has stopped working and the offices have been closed.

The DMGs posted in the civil secretariat didn’t show up today while locking their offices in protest over the arrest of former LDA director general Ahad Cheema in Ashiana Housing Scheme scandal by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The offices of Additional Chief Secretary Services, Finance Secretary and Secretary Local Bodies were closed, while High Education Secretary, Regulation Secretary and Health Secretary also went into lockdown.

Due to the unavailability of officers, Deputy Secretary Section officers cannot release any orders, while the situation created problems for hundreds of people.

On the other hand, Punjab Management Services Association (PMSA) rejected any call for strike. According to PMSA spokesman, the offices of more than 1200 officers were opened.

On Wednesday, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had arrested Ahad Cheema, former director general of the LDA, in the Ashiana Housing Scheme from his office on MM Alam Road.

The NAB had summoned Ahad Cheema thrice, but he did not turn up. He was accused of giving the land illegally in the scheme.

The NAB had earlier summoned Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for alleged corruption in the scheme. PM Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad has also been investigated in the scam.

On Thursday, an accountability court granted 11-day physical remand of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) former Director General (DG) Ahad Cheema.





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