KMC office disinfected after COVID-19 positive employee’s visit

KARACHI: The Karachi Municipal Corporation (KMC) office has been disinfected after a coronavirus staffer deliberately entered and hugged a senior management officer.

“After the unfortunate incident of a covid patient deliberately hugging Senior Director HRM, the KMC building was washed with chlorine water and then disinfected by fumigation,” said Karachi Administrator Iftikhar Shallwani.

A case has been registered against KMC officer Shehzad Anwar, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, for hugging a senior management official for stopping his salary.

Anwar, the KMC land assistant director posted in Landhi, was suspended on October 5 over corruption complaints. His salary was stopped after he failed to report to the KMC Human Resource Management Department.

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Senior HRM Director Jamil Farooqui said Shehzad Anwar entered his office on false pretexts on December 4 and tried to get close to him.  Anwar hugged the Farooqui before greeting others in the administrator’s secretariat. 

The employee then revealed that he had tested positive for the virus which led to a commotion in the KMC head office. None of the people present were wearing their masks properly neither did the administration follow any safety precautions. Many officials reportedly fled the office to get away from Anwar.

Farooqui said he had tested positive for the virus four months ago but had recovered. He said he would get tested again and will take legal action against him.

A case was filed under sections 34 (common intention), 186 (obstructing a public servant), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the City Court police station. A man named Rashid Siddique has been named in the case.


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