ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved promotion of 23 civil servants from grade-21 to grade-22 on recommendation of a high level board but an officer who was earlier praised for his performance even by the PM has been superseded.
The high level board has ignored the Motorway Police Inspector General AD Khawaja.
The government on Monday issued a notification for promotion of senior officer of information group Shafqat Jalil to grade-22. He was serving as an additional secretary in-charge at the Ministry of Information. He has been appointed secretary information and broadcasting.
The PM personally reviewed the personal files and reports of the bureaucrats before issuing order for their promotion to grade-22. He summoned the meeting of the high level board twice and gave the final approval of the promotions on Monday.
Two officers who recently retired also got promoted. These include the Pakistan Administrative Service’s Imran Ahmed who retired on November 5 and Shafqat ur Rehman Ranjha who retired the previous day.
PM Imran approves promotions to grade-22
Two officers should have been promoted to the seats vacated by these retiring officers but perhaps because of the incomplete preparations of the PM’s team the vacancies remained unfilled.
According to sources, the board spent two weeks for consultations over various names but its recommendations have put a question mark over the new government policy with regard to merit.
Hundreds of cases of promotion from grade-20 and -21 were reviewed by the same team.
Two officers of the Police Service of Pakistan were promoted to grade-22 but two senior officers – AD Khawaja and Aijaz Shah – who had given best performance were ignored and Hussain Asghar and Muhammad Naeem Khan were promoted to grade-22.
According to sources, a proposal for appointing Hussain Asghar as Anti-Corruption director general on contract after his retirement is under consideration. Asghar is set to retire after three months. Interestingly promotion of Naeem Khan was stopped twice on the basis of intelligence reports.
Seven officers of Pakistan Administrative Service have also been promoted. They include Imran Ahmed, Shafqat ur Rehman Ranjha, Muhammd Khan, Sajid Yoosfani, Jamal Nasir, Tariq Najeeb Najmi and Dr Aamir Ahmad.
Muhammad Naeem of Secretariat Group, Nadeem Riyaz Ahmad, Jauhar Saleem, Syed Hasan Raza, Ghulam Dastgir, Imtiaz Ahmed, Abdul Salik Khan and Tasawar Khan of Foreign Service, Mian Saeed Iqbal and Hafiz Muhammad Ali Indhar of Inland Revenue, Muhammad Javed Ghani and Fazal Yazdani of Pakistan Customs Group and Syed Aijaz Ali Shah Wasti of economist group are also promoted to grade-22.
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