Former federal minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has announced to move to the Lahore High Court against, what she said, illegal confiscation of twelve buses of her NGO namely “Shade” by the district administration.

Addressing a press conference at Sialkot Press Club Sialkot here, she also pledged to knock every door for getting justice against the alleged political revenge by the PML-N. She said that she would never allow the PML-N government to politicise the project as it was totally a public welfare project. She added that her NGO was providing free of cost transportation facilities for thousands of girl students belonging to Bajwat and its surrounding villages to reach schools and college.

She made it clear that the former federal government had donated the 10 buses to her NGO after completing all the legal requirements and formalities. She alleged that the PML-N government was politicising the project. She alleged that the district administration of Sialkot confiscated these buses three days ago, but it has not yet given receiving documents of these buses to the NGO.

She said, “The officials concerned have said that district administration had information that these buses could be used in terrorist acts.” She pointed out that the PML-N government was taking political revenge on its opponents in Sialkot with the help of Sialkot district administration.

She said that the politics of victimization could never stop her from serving the people. She said that the then PPP government had transferred all these buses to her NGO after meeting with all the legal requirements and formalities under the Grant-in-Aid in this regard.  When contacted, Sialkot DCO Iftikhar Ali Sahu said that the buses were being misused and the NGO was collecting the rent from the people and the students illegally due to which the district administration confiscated the buses. 10 criminal gangs busted: Sialkot police have busted 10 well-organised inter-district criminal gangs, arrested their 46 members and handed over the 42 snatched or stolen motorcycles and cars to their owners during a special ceremony held at Sialkot DPO office.

SP (Investigation) Asad Sarfraz Khan told the media that the accused were wanted by the Sialkot, Gujranwala, Narowal, Hafizabad, Gujrat, Lahore, Rawalpindi  and  Sheikhupura police in more than 100 cases of heinous crimes. He said that the busted gangs namely Sagar alias Sagaru Gang, Ejaz alias Jajji Gang, Sadaqat alias Sadaqatu Gang, Imran alias Maanu Gang, Mulazam alias Mulazmu Gang, Umer alias Umer Chitta Gang, Fiaz alias Fiaja Gang, Ali Raza gang, Muneer alias Muneera Champion Gang and Ali Hassan alias Kaddu Gang had become a sign of terror in the region.

Meanwhile, Sialkot DPO Muhammad Gohar Nafees has announced the cash prizes and appreciation certificates for the raiding police parties.