Marvi Memon to be removed as BISP chairperson- Caretaker govt decision

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The caretaker government has decided to remove Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Marvi Memon as the chairperson of Benazir Income Support Programme, on Friday.

The interim government decision is based over criticism from different political quarters.

According to sources, a summary regarding Marvi’s removal as the BISP chief has been sent to President Mamnoon Hussain.

As per past report on this matter, it is observed that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) & Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) have been asking for her removal as she was an MNA of the previous ruling party, PML-N, and was appointed as the head of BISP by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The letter by PPP stated that Marvi did not resign like other cabinet members when the five-year term of the PML-N government dissolved end May, and continued to work as the chief of BISP.

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

She had assumed the office in February 2015 after Enver Baig resigned as BISP chairman in protest after developing differences with the then finance minister Ishaq Dar.

She is a daughter of former information minister Nisar Memon. She entered politics during the government of retired Gen Pervez Musharraf and served as an MNA between 2002 to 2008 of the former ‘king’s party’, PML-Q.

She had joined the PML-N just days before the 2013 general elections.

The BISP is a highly influential programme, launched by PPP government in 2009, that give out money to millions of families and can be easily manipulated for the upcoming elections, the letter stated.

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Therefore, Marvi is asked to resign from this position, and a senior bureaucrat shall take over as the BISP chairperson until the new government is formed.

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