LAHORE - Despite having the best track record regarding delivery of services and provision of facilities to the Lahorites, District Coordination Officer Nasim Sadiq, a PCS officer, became victim of the District Management Group commissioner’s rashness, it is learnt.
Commissioner Imdadullah Bosal was also removed from his office after a tug of war started between the two officers in the capital city a couple of weeks back.
The recent move has created resentment among the provincial officers who call it an epistle to marginalise them all for nothing. They allege that Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) does not like hardworking, efficient and honest officers posted on key positions and if anybody succeeds in securing such a seat, he has to become victim of their rashness.
ACS Sohail Amir Mirza who also holds additional charge of the chief secretary’s office could not be reached for comments.
Sadiq, the first provincial service officer, who succeeded in securing the coveted slot of the district, had to leave his seat owing to the ongoing tug of war between the two groups, provincial service officers said.
Sadiq, they claimed, delivered in big cities like Faisalabad, Multan and many others and people lauded his services and efforts to solve their problems. The people of Multan and Faisalabad remember the days when Sadiq worked there as a DCO, they said. People of Multan staged protest and displayed banners, demanding cancellation of his transfer from the city.
Nasim Sadiq, despite his best qualities, could not manage vibrant media of the metropolis, said one of his team members. “The former DCO remained so much busy in the issues assigned to him in the city that he scarcely found any time to entertain journalists,” said an assistant commissioner who had a chance to serve with him. He said the DCO had no fixed sleeping and rising hours.
Sources privy to the development, telling the story of clash between a DMG commissioner and a PCS DCO, disclosed that the former did not like a provincial service officer as a head of many authorities, agencies, town administrations. Commissioner Imdadullah Bosal, a DMG officer, who also remained the head of Lahore Ring Road Authority, did not like the working of an efficient PCS officer.
A PCS officer, on condition of anonymity, told this correspondent that Sadiq had to face many challenges like fight against dengue, operation against quacks, expulsion of buffaloes from the city precincts, eradication of gas and power theft, campaign against encroachers, price hike mafias etc. He himself visited Sunday bazaars and checked prices and quality of commodities, he held. He said that despite his utmost efforts, he could not make his own team in the city. Citing some of such examples, he said AC City Attiqur Rehman was made an OSD by Commissioner Bosal for sealing a hotel on the orders of DCO Sadiq, which reportedly did not meet standards of eating environment. AC Raiwind Amir Hussain Quraishi was also made an OSD over a petty issue, AC Model Town Shakeel Bhatti had to face suspension twice all for nothing. The only reason, he quoted, was his coordination with the DCO.
He further said that two PAS (DMG) officers were posted as assistant commissioners of Lahore city and Model Town against the will of the DCO. The commissioner allowed the said officers to resume charge though the authority (the DCO) did not like their posting as such. Moreover, General Bus Stand District Officer Aysha Mumtaz who daringly defeated encroachers in the stand limits had to surrender as her efficiency was disliked by some powerful circles and transport mafias.
The officer kept on saying that if such conflicts between PAS and PCS officers continued, solution to people’s problems would remain a distant dream. The political setup should ponder over such issues despite their tall claims of merit and good governance.