Islamabad: Newly-elected Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has reportedly restrained all ministers, government and public sector offices from offering any ‘favours’ to his family members.
He even directed them to report any phone calls by his family, asking for favours, to the Prime Minister Secretariat.
Ashraf, in a memo, penned by the cabinet division and duly signed by Joint Secretary to the Cabinet Omar Hamid Khan on July 16, informed all concerned departments that his relatives were not permitted to make telephone calls to any government department for any task.
The memo was addressed to all secretaries, additional secretaries and in-charge of ministries and divisions, The Express Tribune reports.
The memo stated that in case there was any such communication, the matter should be reported immediately to Joint Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat Fida Muhammad so that necessary action is taken against the callers.
According to the paper, Ashraf’s move should not be surprising, given that his predecessor, Yousaf Raza Gilani, faced an untoward situation on a number of occasions, particularly when the name of his son, Ali Musa Gilani, surfaced in the ephedrine quota case.
Ali Musa had allegedly made a phone call to the then director-general health for issuance of an illegal quota of a controlled substance, Ephedrine, to Multan-based pharmaceutical companies.