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  1. HAIDER

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    ISLAMABAD: Aiming at massive reshuffle in the bureaucracy and diplomatic circle, the government has issued notices to those officials who, it believes, have been appointed on a “political basis” or have been sticking to their positions for over five years.

    It has been learnt that not only the bureaucrats and diplomats, but some top-ranking officials of educational institutions will also be hit as they are on the government’s target list.

    In the latest development, the government has forced the executive director of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, to resign and he left his office on Sunday.

    Notices issued to officials ‘posted on political grounds’ and others working in same position for over five years

    A member of the federal cabinet, who wished not to be named, told Dawn on Sunday that notices were being sent to such officials so that they may voluntarily leave their positions, otherwise, they would be removed under the prescribed rules and procedure.

    The convention is that those appointed on political grounds themselves offer to quit when a new government takes over.

    Three ambassadors of the country — Ali Jehangir Siddiqui in the United States, Dr Maleeha Lodhi in the United Kingdom and Tariq Azeem in Canada — are being pulled back by the government.

    The removal of vice chancellor of the Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design Hina Tayyaba is also on the cards as she has occupied the post for over a decade.

    Information minister’s warning

    At a recent press conference, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that those ambassadors and top officials who were appointed on political grounds would be removed soon.

    “The government has initiated the process to remove three ambassadors and six other top-ranking envoys from different countries,” he said.

    “Foreign Minister Shah Memhood Qureshi, who has recently undertaken a week-long visit to the US, has also asked the ambassador to the US to pack up,” Mr Chaudhry said.

    The government has already removed some top officials from different departments and replaced them with other senior officials.

    In some cases, replacements are yet to be made. For example, National Bank of Pakistan president Saeed Ahmed has been removed, but no one has been appointed in his place so far.

    Similarly, Information Secretary Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera was removed from his office two days ago, but no one has replaced him yet.

    On the other hand, Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan has recently been appointed as chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue, Muhammad Suleman Khan as director general of the Intelligence Bureau and Mehr Khaliq Dad Lak as director general of the National Counter Terrorism Authority. Arshad Khan has assumed the office of managing director of Pakistan Television.

    Heads of educational institutes

    The government has undertaken an exercise to replace heads of top universities of the country, including the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Islamic International University (IIU).

    Vice chancellor of the AIOU Shahid Siddiqui, QAU VC Javed Ashraf and IIU Rector Dr Masoom Sherazi are completing their four-year term in a month or so and, therefore, the government has advertised the posts for fresh appointments.

    Similarly, the removal of IIU President Ahmed Yousif Al Draiweesh, a Saudi national who had already completed his term but was reappointed on the same position by the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government, is also on the cards.

    Published in Dawn, October 8th, 2018
     
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    It is a bit late but still a very welcome development :yahoo:. I wish PTI had done it within first 10-15 days. It is absolutely necessary to remove all politically-appointed and corrupt officers from all institutions if IK wants to succeed. So it seems IK finally heeds to my rants against bureaucracy especially Ali Jahangir Siddiqui @That Guy @Quwa ..these are the low hanging fruits I have been talking about. You can't succeed with corrupt bureaucrats and political workers as govt officials.
     
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    This is a good step. All political appointees should be removed and merit should prevail.
     
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    Strict merit and talent, thats the way forward.
     
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    It's just a reshuffle.
     
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    new appointments will also be made on political basis
     
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    Proof?
     
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    Reshuffle, a useless activity!
     
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    We need clean up in bureaucracy not changing their underwear with each other but anyway I hope the reshuffle exercise will be well thought and will not end up like formation of cabinet.
     
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    Any one who is competent and did a good job should stay on their position likes Dr Maleeha Lodhi or Zulfiqar Chema.
     
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    Updated October 08, 2018

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    Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses the nation. ─ DawnNewsTV/File

    ISLAMABAD: Aiming at massive reshuffle in the bureaucracy and diplomatic circle, the government has issued notices to those officials who, it believes, have been appointed on a “political basis” or have been sticking to their positions for over five years.

    It has been learnt that not only the bureaucrats and diplomats, but some top-ranking officials of educational institutions will also be hit as they are on the government’s target list.

    In the latest development, the government has forced the executive director of the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema, to resign and he left his office on Sunday.

    Notices issued to officials ‘posted on political grounds’ and others working in same position for over five years

    A member of the federal cabinet, who wished not to be named, told Dawn on Sunday that notices were being sent to such officials so that they may voluntarily leave their positions, otherwise, they would be removed under the prescribed rules and procedure.

    The convention is that those appointed on political grounds themselves offer to quit when a new government takes over.

    Three ambassadors of the country — Ali Jehangir Siddiqui in the United States, Dr Maleeha Lodhi in the United Kingdom and Tariq Azeem in Canada — are being pulled back by the government.

    The removal of vice chancellor of the Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design Hina Tayyaba is also on the cards as she has occupied the post for over a decade.

    Information minister’s warning

    At a recent press conference, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that those ambassadors and top officials who were appointed on political grounds would be removed soon.

    “The government has initiated the process to remove three ambassadors and six other top-ranking envoys from different countries,” he said.

    “Foreign Minister Shah Memhood Qureshi, who has recently undertaken a week-long visit to the US, has also asked the ambassador to the US to pack up,” Mr Chaudhry said.

    The government has already removed some top officials from different departments and replaced them with other senior officials.

    In some cases, replacements are yet to be made. For example, National Bank of Pakistan president Saeed Ahmed has been removed, but no one has been appointed in his place so far.

    Similarly, Information Secretary Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera was removed from his office two days ago, but no one has replaced him yet.

    On the other hand, Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan has recently been appointed as chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue, Muhammad Suleman Khan as director general of the Intelligence Bureau and Mehr Khaliq Dad Lak as director general of the National Counter Terrorism Authority. Arshad Khan has assumed the office of managing director of Pakistan Television.

    Heads of educational institutes

    The government has undertaken an exercise to replace heads of top universities of the country, including the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) and Islamic International University (IIU).

    Vice chancellor of the AIOU Shahid Siddiqui, QAU VC Javed Ashraf and IIU Rector Dr Masoom Sherazi are completing their four-year term in a month or so and, therefore, the government has advertised the posts for fresh appointments.

    Similarly, the removal of IIU President Ahmed Yousif Al Draiweesh, a Saudi national who had already completed his term but was reappointed on the same position by the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government, is also on the cards.

    Published in Dawn, October 8th, 2018
     
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    So that means the gov was listening to people especially those who were pointing out the rotten eggs?

    :enjoy::enjoy::enjoy:
     
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    Give them some time and they will not disappoint you.
     
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    As a diehard PTI supporter I think they are too nice.
    They are trying to make it so that as few people as possible lose their jobs.

    Personally I want to cut all the fat and fire 80% of bureaucrats.

    But IK has a heart bigger than I can ever imagine.

    I just hope that in the long run, when they economy picks up, they will start "retiring" these people and allow them to join the private sector.