Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab, is being slammed for humiliating female Assistant Commissioner Sialkot (AC) Sonia Sadaf publicly during her visit to a Ramzan Bazar on Sunday.
Social media users have voiced strong disapproval of Awan thrashing AC Sonia publicly in the presence of media personnel. On Sunday, Firdaus Ashiq Awan had been on an inspection of special Ramzan bazaars set up in Sialkot. While on her visit, Firdaus Ashiq Awan started abusing Assistant Commissioner for the rotten fruits being sold to people on the fruit stalls.
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She disparaged Assistant Commissioner publicly for not checking the sale of rotten fruits in special Ramzan Bazaar and failing to fulfill her duty. Special Assistant further asked that who appointed her in the first place as she is incompetent and inefficient to do her duty properly.
“The government is suffering from bureaucratic machinations. If you have been appointed as the AC and drawing a salary for the purpose, then face the people. Why are you hiding?” Dr. Awan said to Sonia Sadaf. “Your actions are contradictory to that of an assistant commissioner.”
She snubbed AC Sonia Sadaf when she tried to explain the situation. Firdaus Ashiq Awan refused to hear her and continued to insult her after which AC Sonia Sadaf left the scene.
Humiliation of a public servant by provincial minister @Dr_FirdousPTI is highly deplorable and condemnable! It certainly is not the best way to hold an officer accountable
Women need to build each other up; not demean, ridicule & demoralise
An apology is in order!#ACSIALKOT
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The viral video generated colossal reactions on Twitter. A large number of social media users supported AC Sonia Sadaf for calmly handling the situation and not reacting in anger. They also demanded Firdaus Ashiq Awan apologize to AC Sonia Sadaf as they argued that civil servants are not slaves but respectable employees of the state who must be dealt with respect and integrity.
Sonia's one of the politest and most professional Civil Servants out there.Publicly ridiculing her for the sake of publicity is absolutely uncalled for and beneath the level of professionalism her office demands.#FirdousAshiqAwan should ask for apology For her Unethical behavior. pic.twitter.com/P2PXiV6eNj
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Trends #SoniaSadaf, #FirdousAshiqAwan, and #ACSIALKOT have been trending top on social media since Sunday night. Colleagues and peers from the civil service fraternity rallied behind AC Sonia Sadaf and spoke highly of her on social media. They asserted that AC Sonia Sadaf is competent, cooperative, and a helpful person and no one can question her commitment to her work.