PM takes notice of delay in issuance of termination letter to PSM head


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken strong notice of undue delay in issuance of termination letter to Pakistan Steel Mills Acting Chairman Saadat Cheema and has sought explanation from Establishment Secretary Shahid Rasheed and Industries and Production Secretary Shafqat Naghmi in this regard.

Sources said Naghmi, who was appointed to the post during the tenure of PML-Q leader Pervaiz Elahi, had gotten Cheema appointed the chairman of the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) on a contractual basis.

He later got Cheema appointed acting chairman of the PSM by sending a summary and informed the prime minister that Cheema was being appointed on Elahi’s recommendation.

They said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had approved a summary, proposing termination of Cheema as EPB chairman and PSM acting chairman, sent by the Ministry of Industries and Production on August 1.

The Industries and Production secretary held the approved summary for one week before forwarding it to the Establishment Division on August 7 for notification.

Naghmi showed slackness again and held the file until August 25 and then issued the notification after the matter came in the PM’s notice.

Earlier, former Motorway IG Zafar Abbas Luk was issued a show cause notice and suspended on publishing a full page of advertisement in the print media, at the cost of national exchequer, congratulating the prime minister, but in this case too the suspension was delayed owing to slackness of the establishment secretary and he was removed after the media raised the issue.

According to the sources, the PM’s office sought explanation from both secretaries on the matter pertaining to Cheema and asked them to submit their replies within a few days.

The industries and production secretary is currently on a sick leave and is likely to send his reply to the PM’s office after recovery.


  1. Nawaz Sharif should also give termination letters to himself and his beloved brother and stand trial for money laundering activities.

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