LAHORE   -   The Forest Department secretary on Friday suspended six officials over negligence in carrying out the de­partmental duties during fires in the Punjab forests.

As per the official sources, those who were suspended include: SDFO Sabir Hussain, two block officers – Khalid Hussain and Ghulam Mur­taza, and three forest guards namely Ghulam Yaseen, Masood Murtaza and Ghulam Farid.

The secretary forest department said, “The officials were suspended for negligence in the departmental duties. The incompetence and neg­ligence of the officials caused more damage to the forests and wild­life. They have been suspended for three months under Section 6 of the PEDA Act.”