MUSA SUSPENDED FOR ATTACKING AKHTAR
Gilgit, February 4: An embarrassing situation emerged inside CM Mehdi Shah’s office today, when Muhammad Musa, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister and a veteran PPP leader, attacked Muhammad Ali Akhtar, GB Finance Minister.
According to reports, during a meeting today at Mehdi Shah’s office, Muhammad Musa verbally abused and hit Muhammad Ali Akhtar, when the later asked him to “stay out of governance issues”.
According to credible sources the issues under discussion were “surprising” removal of GB Education Secretary, Professor Mehboob Ali Khan, and “disputed” transfer of Dr. Iqbal, an employee of the GB Health Department, from Hunza – Nagar District.
Dr. Ali Madad Sher, GB Education Minister, reportedly, complained to the CM, during the meeting, for not being taken into confidence on sacking of the recently appointed Education Secretary. Taking the topic forward Muhammad Ali Akhtar also, reportedly, criticized transfer of Dr. Iqbal from Hunza – Nagar. The ensuing debate soon heated up and Muhammad Musa and Muhammad Ali Akhtar exchanged fowl words, which led to a brief scuffle.
After the physical assault by Muhammad Musa, people present in the office, reportedly, took him outside while keeping Muhammad Ali Akhtar in, to stop them from further physical assaults.
The enraged Muhamamd Ali Akhatar, however, jumped from terrace of the CM’s office, probably to get to Muhammad Musa and avenge the physical assault. After jumping from the terrace, the GB finance minster, reportedly, fell unconscious and was rushed to a nearby hotel immediately. He was later shifted to a hospital where his condition is said to be out of danger. Muhamamd Ali Akhtar is reportedly a cardiac patient.
In the meanwhile, supporters of Muhammad Ali Akhtar, who is an elected representative from LA – 4, Nagar 2, demonstrated against the assault on their leader in the Khazana road locality of Gilgit city.
In view of today’s embarrassing behaviour, the present GB legislators need to learn a lesson or two in civil discourse and negotiations. A few days earlier, two GBLA members used fowl language against each other on floor of the house, while discussing appointments in the GB Peoples’ Works Department (PWD).
Today’s infighting also exposes the mistrust and deep running intolerance among the GBLA members and party leaders.
Talking to media later today, CM Mehdi Shah said that Muhammad Musa has been suspended for violating party discipline and rowdyism .
The decision has been hailed by public circles who have demanded more sanity from the legislators.