Four officers of the Punjab Information Service are in the running for posting as the public relations director general (media manager for the Punjab government).
The post has been on additional charge since the caretaker government took over. Amjad Bhatti currently holds the posts of DGPR and information secretary. Bhatti a BS-19 officer was posted as DGPR by caretaker chief minister Najam Sethi. Athar Ali Khan, another BS-19 officer in the information service, who served as DGPR from January 2012 to February 2013, is trying to get reappointed to the position, The Express Tribune has learnt. However, Khan has not received an encouraging response from the chief minister. Some DGPR officials said he was unpopular among peers and subordinates due to his short temper. Muhammad Aslam Dogar, a BS-20 officer of same cadre, is also trying for appointment to the post. Dogar has previously been the DGPR from 2011 to 2012.
He was removed from service for “being lazy and inefficient,” said some DGPR officials. Nabeela Ghazanfar, public relations director at the Central Police Office, is also in the running for DGPR. She is a BS-19 officer and is considered efficient. The new government took oath during the first week of June, but the posts of DGPR and information secretary are yet to be filled.
During Sharif’s last tenure as chief minister, five officers, including a BS-18 officer of the Pakistan Administrative Services, were appointed DGPR even though the post is in BS-20.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2013.