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ISLAMABAD: Twelve federal secretaries transferred

Yousaf Raza GilaniFor a second time this month, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ordered on Wednesday a number of transfers and postings of federal secretaries.

On Sept 9, Mr Gilani had promoted 39 bureaucrats to BPS-22. The promotions were made under new criteria following the Supreme Court directives.

In April this year, the apex court had ordered demotion of 54 secretaries who had been promoted by the prime minister in September last year. The court ruled that a new set of rules should be formulated for promotions to grade-22.

According to a notification issued on Wednesday, 12 officers, half of them recently promoted, got their new assignments.

One of the most surprising transfers is that of a newly-promoted federal secretary, Asif Bajwa, from his present position of special secretary in the finance ministry to the low-ranking statistics division. He was considered to be the most powerful official in the ministry.

Mr Bajwa was accused by the Sindh government of creating hurdles in the way of implementation of the National Finance Commission award.

Mr Bajwa has been replaced by Wajid Rana, a DMG officer in BPS-21 who was working as economic minister in Pakistan Embassy in the US.

Mohammad Athar Tahir, a newly-promoted federal secretary of the secretariat group, has been given the charge in the education ministry. He was working as secretary in the ministry of social welfare and special education.

Irfan Nadeem, another recently-promoted officer, has been moved up from the position of Director General of the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), an auxiliary department of the ministry of science and technology, as its full-fledged secretary.

K.B. Rind, another officer of the secretariat group who held important positions in the Musharraf government like chief secretary of Sindh and Balochistan and secretary of narcotics control, has been given the charge in the lowly social welfare and special education ministry. His last assignment was secretary of the ministry of science and technology.

Saeed Ahmad Khan, another recently-promoted officer of the secretariat group, has been transferred from the statistics division to the ministry of overseas Pakistanis.

Javed Iqbal, also a newly-promoted officer of the secretariat group, has been taken out of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where he was working as its chief secretary, to head another important ministry of water and power in the centre.

His position has been filled by Ghulam Dastagir, a DMG BPS-21 officer who was already working as additional chief secretary of the province.

Shahid Raja, who was working as additional secretary in the ministry of food and agriculture, will look after the ministry of railways as its new secretary. He was one of the 39 civil servants recently promoted to grade-22.

Arif Azeem has been transferred to the labour and manpower ministry as its additional secretary. He was working as additional secretary in the cabinet division.

Two DMG officers in BPS-21, Capt Tariq Shafi Chak and Shafqat Naghmi, have been given the assignments of additional secretaries in the ministries of industries and agriculture respectively.

During his stint as chief operating officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Mr Naghmi had been accused of severe financial mismanagement.

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