LAHORE  - The All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) Friday staged a demonstration against corruption in Director General, Excise and Taxation office Punjab.

Talking to this scribe, APCA President Muhammad Mushtaq said that E&T Director General Ahmad Aziz Tarar transferred APCA staffers because they exposed corruption in the department.

As per law, Mushtaq said, the director general was not the competent authority to transfer clerks without any solid reason. A notification in this effect has been issued with the signatures of Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of all four provinces including Gillgit and Azad Kashmir, he held.

“Our APCA members and Rawalpindi chapter president Amir Butt demanded patrol dues from the cashier but he refused to pay saying that he had to pay heavy expense of the birthday celebrations of Director Tanveer Abbas Gondal’s kid,” Mushtaq added. The APCA member said that birthday party of Gondal’s kid was held in a five star hotel which cost more than Rs0.3million and that amount was paid by department’s cashier. “We have video evidence in this regard,” said Mushtaq.

The APCA president said: “When Aamir Butt protested on this unjust reply of cashier, he and one of his colleagues were transferred to Bhakar and Rajanpur districts respectively. When we showed unauthorised transfer orders of Director Rawalpindi to Director General, Ahmad Aziz Tarar he showed cold shoulder and did not take notice of the issue.”

Mushatq claimed that DG was hatching conspiracy to disintegrate APCA unit from DG Excise office but he would never let him do so. He said that DG issued transferred orders of number of APCA members to far flung area only to teach them lesson and also sought report from Director Region C about the strength of clerks in that region. Mushtaq feared that DG was going to transfer the other clerks also to hard postings.

He also exposed corruption in purchased to motorcycles on high prices than that of market. He said that motorcycles were purchased at the cost of Rs63,000 per bike whereas APCA president offered DG to purchase the same bike at Rs4,000 less than the actual price. But his offer was turned down and more than 900 bikes were purchased at high prices. Mushtaq demanded an inquiry into the scam and said that their protest would be continued on coming Monday also.

“We have also called APCA Punjab President Haji Irashad to support and guide us,” said Mushtaq. Pen down strike would be observed in Region C, he added. He said that APCA members were being harassed by the DG Excise. He warned that if their show cause notices were not taken back and transfer orders were not cancelled they would expand their protest across Punjab.

When this scribe contacted DG Excise Ahmad Aziz Tarar, his cell phone remained unattended despite repeated attempts.