Firdous removed over alleged abuse of power
April 27, 2020 09:54 PM
Former special assistant to PM on information and broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan was removed from her office over charges pressed against her involving corruption and abuse of power, sources said.
According to the sources, Firdous Ashiq Awan got 10 percent commission in government advertisement budget and committed other financial irregularities which led to her removal. She was using three official cars for her personal matters. At least 11 officials were working at her house, said the sources.
Sources said that Firdous also made illegal appointments by abusing her powers.
Firdous Ashiq Awan extended gratitude to Prime Minister Imran Khan for trusting her.
In a tweet on Monday, former SAPM said she respected the decision of Prime Minister Imran Khan and expressed good wishes for new team including Senator Shibli Faraz and Asim Saleem Bajwa. She said she did well in one year. It was the prerogative of PM Khan to appoint any minister.
In an other tweet, she denied media reports about her removal. She termed the reports baseless and false.
The federal government on Monday removed Firdous Ashiq Awan from her slot and introduced a fulltime information minister, reported 24NewsHD.
Meanwhile, the post of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information is not being binned as Lt-Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa is set to replace her.
The removal of Firdous, special assistant to the prime minister on information, means that the new information minister, Senator Shibli Faraz, will look after ministry and the government’s media affairs.