Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday approved the promotion of 29 officers of the federal government to BS-22 on the basis of recently revised rules to remove legal objections against last year’s promotions.
The Supreme Court stopped the promotions of these officers, but in September 2009, Gilani ordered the government to revise the rules governing such decisions.
A total of 54 top bureaucrats, who had been promoted to BS-22 by Gilani, were later demoted on by the court. The government then reviewed the promotion rules, making service in BS-21 mandatory for promotion to the top level. This key condition was followed for fresh promotions, .
Last month, Gilani promoted 25 of the 54 officers who had been demoted. Gilani approved the promotions on the recommendations of a high-powered selection board that comprised of one of his principal secretaries and two federal secretaries, with Gilani chairing the meeting.
Of 29, eight officers are from customs and excise group, foreign and police service and 21 are from secretariat group.
Fiaz Ahmed Khan, Javed Iqbal, Dr Waseem Kausar, Tariq Saleem and Javed Noor are the promoted officers from the police services. Masood Khalid is from foreign services and Muhammad Ramzan and Mehmood Alam is from excise group.
Secretariat group officers are:
Ahmed Zahid, Batool Iqbal Qureshi, Abdul Wajid Rana, Capt (retd) Ghulam Dastgir Akhtar, Sohail Ahmed, Mohammad Sami Saeed, Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Attaullah Khan, Javed Aslam, Kazi Afaq Hussain, Muhammad Arif Azim, Imtiaz Inayat Elahi, Javed Mahmood, Anwar Ahmad Khan, Ghulam Ali Shah, Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri, Nargis Sethi, Amjad Ali Khan, Mohammad Ejaz Chaudhry, Major (retd) Khawaja M Naeem and Agha Sarwar Raza Qazilbash.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2010.
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