District Coordination Officer (DCO) Zahid Saleem Gondal is in action against profiteers and negligent government officials as he suspended eight officials of market committee for their absence from duty besides getting arrested eight profiteers during a surprise visit to sabzi mandi to inspect auction mechanism here on Thursday. The suspended officials included sub inspectors of market committee Qamar Abbas, Faisal Siddique, Waheed Murad and others. Similarly, the arrested profiteers included Areed, Mushtaq, Dilawar, Arshad, Asif, Intazar, Ghulam Murtaza and Riaz. According to details, the DCO carried out a surprise visit to sabzi mandi at 6:00am in the morning and found the officials of market committee concerned absent from the spot. He also noticed that some shopkeepers had not displayed rate lists. He also hurled a warning to the inspector of market committee and said that strict action would be taken against him if he failed to implement price mechanism.

Later on, the DCO also visited different hospitals including Cardiology Institute, Children Complex Hospital and Fatima Jinnah Women Hospital. The patients as Cardiology Institute complained that they were not given free medicines. He visited Lal Kurti area and joined polio vaccination teams to boost their morale. 

Meanwhile, addressing a seminar organised by the Anti-Corruption Department here at Multan Arts Council, the DCO said that we could uproot menaces like corruption and nepotism from our society by acting upon the teachings of Islam. He added that our religion clearly told that those giving and accepting bribe would go to hell. “Despite clear warning, this menace prevails in our society. If we implement the teachings of Islam in letter and spirit, we won’t need anti-corruption department,” he added. He said that besides the officers accepting bribe, the one offering bribe should also be caught and punished.

The City Police Officer Sultan Ahmad Chaudhry pointed out that the honest and corrupt officers used to be identified because of their traits in the past but this difference disappeared these days which was an alarming situation. He said that his department punished corrupt elements regularly and corruption could fully be eliminated from police, provided masses supported police.

Speaking on this occasion, Director Anti-Corruption Naseer Ahmad Khan disclosed that his department received 8691 complaints during the last three years out of which over 4,000 were formally investigated and 2000 were sent to the departments concerned for action. Similarly, 908 cases were registered while 358 judicial inquiries were held on these applications, he added.

Later, the participants of the seminar took a walk and marched between Arts Council and Kalma Chowk after the event. The walk was led by the DCO.