Imran ‘shames’ bureaucracy for protesting against Ahad Cheema’s arrest

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday criticised the bureaucracy for protesting against the arrest of former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director General (DG) Ahad Cheema in relation to the Ashiana Housing Scheme corruption scandal.

Taking to his Twitter account, Imran Khan “shamed” the bureaucracy and stated, “Utterly shameful how bureaucracy belonging to PAS has chosen to protest over accountability & arrest of Cheema, clearly SS’s [Shehbaz Sharif] front man. This union of the corrupt under the leadership of Godfather SS believes they are above the law. If they are innocent why should they fear accountability?”

He followed up it up with another tweet saying, “As a political leader I appeared before the SC and produced over fifty documents to prove my innocence since I believe in Rule of Law and accountability. What are the PAS bureaucrats scared of if they have not indulged in or abetted any corruption?”

District Management Group (DMG) workers on Friday closed their offices on the directives of Additional Chief Secretary Umar Rasool on Friday in protest against the detention of Ahad Cheema.

During a meeting with Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, the officers demanded Cheema’s release, saying that if his arrest was necessary he should have been taken into custody properly and not in an “unlawful” way.

Earlier on Thursday, a large number of officers from the administrative secretaries and divisional commissioners in Punjab called on the Punjab Chief Secretary Zahid Saeed in an emergency meeting at the Civil Secretariat, where they expressed their concerns over the arrest.

The meeting was attended by BISP Director General Mohiuddin Ahmad Wani, finance special secretary, additional chief secretary, former Lahore commissioner Rashid Langrial, Agriculture Secretary Mehmood Ahmad and other prominent bureaucrats.

During the meeting, bureaucrats unanimously passed a resolution against the NAB.