LAHORE: Days after faulting the highest civil servants for ‘poor governance’ in Punjab, the prime minister has reshuffled the provincial paperwork, changing the provincial police chief and chief secretary.
“Main (retd) Azam Suleman Khan, a BS-22 officer of the Pakistan Administrative Companies, presently posted as Secretary, Inside Division, is transferred and posted as Chief Secretary, Authorities of Punjab, with fast impact and till additional orders,” reads a notification issued on Tuesday.
Suleman is anticipated to help Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, who has been criticised by his PTI colleagues and opposition alike for his “naivety” to run the provincial authorities.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has defended Buzdar, a political novice, and blamed the paperwork which he believes nonetheless has loyalists of the Sharif household which has dominated Punjab for a number of years.
Suleman has changed a BS-22 PAS officer Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, who, too, was serving as secretary Inside Division earlier than assuming the cost of Punjab chief secretary again in October 2018.
The prime minister had hinted at a reshuffle within the provincial paperwork throughout a gathering of the PTI core committee on Sunday, whereas expressing dissatisfaction with the provincial administrative construction. He believes ‘weak governance’ in Punjab will not be permitting the lots to learn from the federal government’s insurance policies.
Suleman, in accordance with a authorities official, could be holding a gathering with CM Buzdar on Wednesday after taking on his new task. Main administrative adjustments within the province are prone to be finalised within the assembly.
The official mentioned the Punjab authorities has to carry out, in order that the widespread man may benefit from the federal government initiatives.
Suleman, who joined the civil providers on August 31, 1990, had additionally served because the chief secretary Sindh, and because the further chief secretary Punjab throughout the PML-N’s authorities. He’s thought-about to be a person of integrity who refuses to present in to pressures.
In 2018, when Suleman seemed to be the potential alternative of the federal authorities for chief secretary Punjab, the Pakistan Awami Tehreek had reportedly requested PM Imran in opposition to his appointment stating that he was one of many 12 officers accused by the households of the victims of Mannequin City incident of 2014.
PAT Secretary Basic Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, in accordance with studies, had advised the prime minister in a letter that “Suleman was the province’s house secretary when the Mannequin City incident had occurred.”
The federal authorities additionally changed the provincial police chief for the fifth time in its tenure, changing Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz, who was serving as Inspector Basic Police for the second time, with Shoaib Dastgir.
In line with the notification, Shoaib Dastgir, a BS-21 officer of Police Service, presently serving as Nationwide Police Basis (NPF) Managing Director below Inside Division was transferred and posted as Provincial Police Officer (PPO), Authorities of Punjab, in his personal pay and scale, with fast impact and till additional orders.
Earlier within the day, the Punjab authorities had despatched a abstract to the Institution Division recommending new IG to be chosen from the three advisable names, together with Shoaib Dastgir, Mushtaq Mahar, and Ahmad Latif. Dastagir has beforehand served as IGP AJK.
In line with studies, extra adjustments are anticipated within the police division after a gathering between the chief minister and new IG.
Curiously, it’s the fifth time CM Buzdar has modified the police chief throughout his 15 months within the workplace.
First, Dr Kaleem Imam, who had been appointed IG earlier than the PTI shaped its authorities in Punjab, was modified on September eight, 2018 – a month after CM Buzdar assumed his workplace.
Imam was then changed with Muhammad Tahir, who was modified inside a month on October 10, 2018 after the federal government initiative to introduce police reforms fell flat.
Tahir was then changed with Amjad Javeed Saleemi who served till April 15, 2019. He was changed with Captain (retd) Arif Nawaz who served until November 26, 2019.