Nawaz Sharif's PRO resigns over salary controversy

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Lahore, Apr.4 (ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif's public relations officer (PRO) has resigned from the post following media reports which said that the former Prime Minister's personal staff were on the payroll of the Punjab government.

While the PML-N has claimed that Rai Riyaz was working as a consultant in the office of the Directorate General of Relations (Punjab), sources said that he has been serving as Sharif's PRO and was responsible for issuing official statements of the PML-N chief to the media, The Dawn reports.

Earlier, a private television channel had claimed that Riaz, Sahrif's secretary, and his cameraman and the photographer were being paid by the Punjab government.

While Riaz and Sharif's personal secretary drew a hefty package of 75,000 rupees per month, the photographer and cameraman were being paid 35,000 rupees each, the report said.

However, PML-N Senator, Pervaiz Rasheed, has denied the report regarding Sharif's personal staff being paid from the provincial exchequer.

"None of them are part of Nawaz Sharif's personal team and they are employees of the DGPR. I am Nawaz Sharif's PRO," said Rasheed. (ANI)

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