BISP Chief Marvi Memon to Be Shown the Door, Summary Moved By Interim PM

JUN 23, 2018: The caretaker Prime Minister retired Justice Nasirul Mulk has sent a summary to President Mamnoon Hussain for removal of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Marvi Memon as chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP).

The interim government reportedly took the decision for removal as BISP chief after Memon did not resign like other cabinet members when the five-year term of the PML-N government dissolved on May 31 and continued to work as chief of the BISP.

Sources privy to the development said that the prime minister (PM) took exception to the reports that Marvi Memon had refused to submit her resignation and was continuing to take crucial decisions, despite the fact that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had already completed its tenure.

There were also criticism from different political quarters and social media on Memon’s continuance as BISP chief.

The BISP is a highly influential program that disburses billions to more than 5.2 million families across the country.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had written a letter to the chief election commissioner seeking Marvi’s removal from the position as BISP can be easily manipulated for the upcoming elections, the letter had stated.

A PML-N supporter and formerly an MNA continues to hold the office of the BISP chairperson, which is tantamount to pre-poll rigging, it further read. Therefore, Marvi should be told to resign and a senior bureaucrat take over as the BISP chairperson until the new government is formed, it demanded.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has also been demanding Memon’s removal as she was an MNA of the previous ruling party, PML-N, and was appointed as the head of BISP by ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Opposition parties maintain data of more than 5.2 million families registered with BISP can be used for political engineering.

The BISP had been launched by the PPP government in 2009 to provide monetary assistance to poor families.

Memon had been elected to the National Assembly on a reserved seat for women from Sindh in 2013.

She had joined the PML-N just days before the 2013 general elections. However, she has not been in the good books of the current PML-N leadership reportedly due to her controversial tweets in which she criticized certain policies of the PML-N government.

Sources in the PML-N told Dawn it is highly unlikely that she will be nominated again by the party for the July 25 elections. Her name was not on the priority list submitted by the party leadership to the ECP for election on the reserved women seats in the National Assembly and the Punjab Assembly.

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