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DGTO declared persona non grata

The Director General Trade Organisations (DGTO) has reportedly been declared persona non grata by the Commerce Ministry, sources close to Secretary Commerce told Business Recorder. The sources said, elections of Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) was a test case for him but he did not earn good marks.

According to sources, Secretary Commerce Shahzad Arbab is probing corruption charges against DGTO on the basis of documentary proof provided by a businessman and as he finalises his inquiry report action will be taken against the person who damaged the image of Commerce Ministry.

"DGTO is no more a welcome person in the Commerce Ministry as Commerce Minister and other officers including Secretary are aware of his role in FPCCI elections," said an official on condition of anonymity.

Commerce Ministry has already sent a summary to the Establishment Division requesting removal of DGTO Sajid Hussain.

"We have to do this as things cannot be allowed to function in this way," the sources continued.

Rs 0.5 million were transferred to the account of DGTO on December 16, 2014 from Chaman through a cheque. Later on he repeatedly acknowledged that he had received the amount.

Commerce Minister, Engineer Khurram Dastgir, sources said, is also annoyed at the DGTO for earning a bad name for the organisation which falls under his administrative control.

DGTO, sources said, is said to be using all his resources to block the inquiry. He is also in contact with the plaintiff through a third party and allegedly urging him to withdraw charges.

When contacted, DGTO confirmed that he received Rs 0.5 million from the complainant, adding that the amount transferred to his account was meant to procure rice as the complainant is doing rice business.

Asked whether he himself does rice business, DGTO said that some of his Lahore-based friends do rice business and the amount was transferred to them.

DGTO further claimed that the complainant's grievances were resolved legally.

" Basically, the complainant gave the amount for rice business but later on tried to misuse it to get favour from me," Sajid Hussain claimed. "I have settled the issue with the plaintiff and he has agreed to withdraw his claim,'" he continued.

Sajid Hussain further claimed that Secretary Commerce had called the complainant but he did not appear before him but does not know the reasons why.

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