The policy board of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) on Friday shortlisted two names and sent to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to pick a suitable person of the chief executive officer (CEO) slot of the authority.
The position of the CEO has been lying vacant for the last two years.
At a meeting, the members of the board shortlisted the two names after evaluating names of six candidates — four from public sector organisations and two from the private sector.
“Names of Aslam Afghani and Ahsan Siddiqui, both from private sector, have been forwarded to the prime minister to pick one of them,” DRAP acting CEO Arshad Khan said.
Meanwhile, a senior official in the DRAP on condition of anonymity told The Express Tribune that since November 2012, when the DRAP ACT was passed, a number of people approached high-ups to get the coveted seat.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2015.