LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has been chairing only important meetings since the beginning of the political crisis after the June 17 Model Town tragedy.

Sources said, despite the Inqilab and Azadi marches towards Islamabad and sit-ins there, the affairs of the provincial machinery were being run in routine. Apparently, it seemed the two-month massive political row that affected writ of the governments both in Punjab and the centre with an alleged involvement of the chief minister in the Model Town tragedy that claimed14 lives had paralysed the provincial government.

Another officer said the CM who was the chief executive of the province had restricted himself to chairing the meetings only. The Punjab government is silent over acting upon the findings of the Judicial Commission probe report that surfaced a couple of days ago. The Home Department has yet to receive orders from the CM office, an officer confirmed.

The CM has not even met his promise that he will resign from the office if he is found involved in the incident, an officer said. He revealed a group of officers opined the CM had lost its moral credibility after the Model Town incident. He held a second thought on the issue was to take legal opinion on the probe report, instead of taking action against those involved in the incident. He affirmed a committee, comprising the law and home secretaries and other senior officers, was formed to study the report thoroughly and guide the government. The committee has yet to report to the CM office, he held.

A senior officer of the S&GAD said routine matters, including correspondence, were routinely being carried out. He, however, refused to comment on his chairing any meeting.  When contacted, a CM office officer confirmed the CM was not taking as much interest in the office matters as he used to take before the political crisis started. He said the senior bureaucrats serving in the office usually disposed of summaries and files sent from the Civil Secretariat etc. He added the CM chaired informal meetings of the ministers during the recent past.