Anwer Sumra

Anwer Sumra

A reporter for The Express Tribune in Islamabad.

Protocol phobia in Punjab

During present week the Punjab government remains occupied to provide red carpet reception and protocol to visiting Turkish guests and Lahorites had to face unprecedented traffic congestion, lack of civic facilities and travel hindrance. Although Istanbul Mayor Dr. Kadir Topbas was a distinguished guest in the city, the inconvenience faced by city folks because of the elaborate protocol accorded to him was above tolerance level. Topbas was offered a VVIP protocol with signal-free movement, high security apparatus and lavish banquets. The protocol was against the stipulation of the blue book, a document which decides the level of protocol to be ...

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Privacy issues and the media

The role of the media regarding the matrimonial issues of politicians has received a mixed response in bureaucratic circles. To witness such debate among bureaucrats on the role of the media, and how it covers the personal issues of politicians, is quite interesting. Some appear to discuss such rumours, including those on the secret marriages of some politicians, just to dilute the heat created by Memogate. Some bureaucrats vehemently criticise the role of the media in bringing to light such things and say that this is done with an ulterior motive: to tarnish certain politicians who may be out of favour ...

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Where is the merit Shahbaz Sharif?

Transfers and postings in the civil and police administration on merit is considered a hallmark of good governance. This, quite simply, means posting a suitable and competent officer to a place which demands that such an individual be in charge of a particular responsibility. Unfortunately with the passage of time, merit in transfers and postings in civil and police administration in Punjab has become a bit of a joke and an exercise in futility. Most postings and transfers are based on personal likes and dislikes of senior functionaries. Even the officers of the provincial management service (PMS) are being treated as ...

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Cabs with no destination

Without learning anything from the bitter experience of the Sasti Roti scheme, the Punjab government has now launched the Yellow Cab project for unemployed youth, without addressing loopholes experienced in the same initiative in 1993. The same scheme was launched by Mian Nawaz Sharif as PM in 1993, in which thousands of vehicles were provided on installments. It was aimed at resolving the country’s transport and unemployment issues. This time round, the Punjab government has reserved Rs.4.5 billion to initiate the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) which will provide taxis for 20,000 unemployed people. 40 per cent of this amount has ...

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