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Government tempted people to buy tickets to help IDPs

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FAISALABAD: An allegation is made against district administration which was reportedly involved in forcing public to buy tickets for a friendly cricket match to contribute to the ‘IDP fund’.

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According to the sources, patwaris, TMOS, encroachment inspectors and employees of other departments were employed by the district government to collect millions of rupees selling tickets of scheduled match. The sources added that parliamentarians were also given the task to sell tickets.

On condition to be kept anonymous, a parliamentarian revealed that tickets of Rs200, 000 had been given to MPAs and Rs400, 000 to MNAs. He said many of his colleagues, together with government employees, had to meet the ticket sale targets by appealing public to purchase them.

He said many people took exception to the government approach as they said they were already overburdened by inflation.

“How the district government can win confidence of the chief minister by adopting wrong approaches,” he expressed annoyance.

The match was played at Iqbal Stadium on July 24 in which State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali and Punjab Law Minister Rana Mashhood gave away prizes besides the district government sold three bats inscribed with the autographs of cricket legends after the match.

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Meanwhile, the government was criticized and alleged of having sent the collected money to the bank accounts of the Sharif brothers by Pakistan People’s Party District President Tariq Bajwa who also claimed that people were coerce into funding for IDPs at the revenue offices.

Stating that patwaris had been given tasks to sell tickets, he astonished why the Supreme Court was not taking a suo motu notice.

“I also paid to a patwari to buy a ticket,” he said.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Secretary Rana Javed Asharf said the transport operators also were a victim to district government’s tactics. Officials had issued tickets to terminal owners who were making wagon crew pay Rs350 for each turn.

On the contrary to the above mentioned statements, the District Coordination Officer Noorul Ameen Mengal rejected the charges asserting that tickets were sold solely at the eight booths installed outside the stadium.

He said that there was a huge demand by the public for the match and great number of people had to go back due to a lack of space in the stadium.

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