Transparency International Pakistan underlines biased implementation of PM’s orders

Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) underlined on Monday that the heads of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) are enjoying an exemption from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s orders of deducting money from the salaries of officers who published congratulatory advertisements on behalf of government organizations.

Soon after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz won May 11 general elections, certain government departments and organizations spent hefty amounts on paid advertisement to welcome the new government. PM Nawaz acknowledged the gesture but took strict notice against officials who played a role in spending government money to achieve personal goals. He ordered the money spent on these advertisements to be deducted from the salaries of these government officers.

The process was initiated for the staff of Motorway Police; however, the same rule was not applied on the heads of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP). TIP wrote a letter to federal minister for information stating the biased implementation of the Prime Minister’s orders. It is mentioned that action against IG Motorways was initiated but no step was taken against the president of NBP.

TIP acknowledged the decision of PM Nawaz alleging it would put off the deep-rooted sycophancy in Pakistan bureaucracy and motivate the government sector employees to be more competent instead of exhausting their energy in point-scoring process. Syed Adil Gilani, adviser to TIP, requested in the letter to take actions against both the heads.

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