PM appoints Gen (r) Khalid Lodhi as defence secretary

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Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday appointed General (r) Khalid Naeem Lodhi as defence secretary of Pakistan. Lodhi will assume charge on December 3 upon the retirement of the incumbent Defence Secretary Lt General (r) Syed Athar Ali. Meanwhile, on the recommendations of the Central Selection Board, the prime minister approved the promotions of following officers. Officers who were promoted from BS-19 to BS-20 from the Civil Engineering Department of Pakistan Railways include Humayun Rashid, Abdul Saeed Khan, Zafarullah Kalwar and Muhammad Haroon Ghauri.
From Inland Revenue Service (IRS) Farzana Jabeen, Muhammad Ashraf Khan, Khawaja Tanveer Ahmed, Fiza Muzaffar, Azra Mujtaba, Shahid Anwar Khan, Muhammad Shahid Zaheer, Qaisar Ali, Muhammad Younas Khan, Shaista Abbas, Sameera Yasin, Farida Amjad, Raana Seerat, Mahfuzur Rehman Pasha and Haroon Muhammad Khan Tareen have been promoted from BS-20 to BS-21.