Responding to online backlash, President Arif Alvi has accepted that selection of Governor House as the venue for the signing of an MoU between his son Dr Awab Alvi’s company and an American group was a ‘mater of poor judgement’.
Awab Alvi had shared a picture from a ceremony hosted at the Governor’s House, Karachi in which an MoU was signed between Alvi Dental and an organisation owned by a friend of Awab’s.
Netizens questioned whether the hosting of a private ceremony at the Governor House, for the promoting of a family business, amounted to a conflict of interest. Journalist Asad Ali Toor questioned if the president was using his official position to benefit his family business.
Another journalist Sumaira Khan questioned the use of Governor Sindh’s office for a private business venture.
One social media user reminded the President of his oath which says that personal interest cannot influence official conduct.
Another user lamented that this amounts to commercial activities by the President.
PML-N MNA Kheeal Das Kohistani said that the facilitation of family business using a public office would be a test case for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
Awab Alvi also took to Twitter to defend his father. He wrote that the President has resigned from Alvi Dental and has a record of supporting all start-ups.
A social media user also pointed out how most newspapers merely carried the press release of the event, without questioning the apparent conflict of interest.