Hamza to head public affairs body with ‘massive powers’
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
From Print Edition
LAHORE: The Punjab government has notified Hamza Shahbaz, the son of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, as chairman of the six-member Public Affairs Committee with massive powers.
Dr Tauqeer Shah is also a member of the six-member Public Affairs Committee to be headed by Hamza. Though Hamza will not chair the cabinet meeting, virtually he will be deputy chief minister.
According to the notification, Hamza has been authorized to play his role for improving law and order and keep close liaison with Punjab Assembly members, supervise all matters of the assembly and ensure quorum of members at the sessions.
Through elected representatives, economic, social and construction projects will be supervised. He will issue instructions to district administrations for development and timely completion of new projects.
Hamza will also give recommendations to the chief minister regarding development projects in the province. Hamza Shahbaz will also resolve any differences between public representatives and government officers. He will help provide basic facilities to ordinary citizens and will give his recommendations on summaries forwarded by provincial departments in the Chief Minister House. Hamza will mobilize relevant departments, elected members, civil society and government resources in the wake of natural calamities and other emergencies.
According to the notification, Hamza and the committee will conduct their routine meetings at 9-Club Road, however, they will be also allowed to use the Chief Minister’ office at 90- Shahre-e-Quaid-E-Azam. The relevant authorities have been instructed to provide all required facilities to Hamza and the committee members.
Secretary Implementation of CM House Barrister Nabeel Awan has signed the notification and copies of the notification have been forwarded to the Chief Secretary, IGP Punjab, all provincial secretaries, all divisional commissioners, all regional police officers, all DCOs and DPO’s of Punjab, Secretary Coordination at the CM House, deputy secretaries, chief coordinators of security, all section officers, the CM House’s protocol officers, motor transport, and all other concerned.
Hamza did not respond to repeated calls or messages sent to his cellular phone. A member of the committee, Manshaullah Butt, was also contacted but his secretary Omer told this correspondent that Butt Sahib is in a meeting. Another member of the committee, on the condition of anonymity, said there was nothing as being suggested, adding that they wanted to serve the masses and ensure good governance.