ISLAMABAD: As the country is moving towards the 2018 general election, the secretaries of important ministries have started to go on a leave, Pakistan Today learnt on Thursday.
Science and Technology Secretary Yasmin Masood, Power Division Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khakhar, Information Technology and Telecommunication Division Secretary Aamir Arshaf Khawaja are those who have already taken a leave from their respective offices.
The notification stated that Yasmin Masood, a BS-22 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), presently posted as Secretary Science and Technology Division is granted none days ex-Pakistan leave from 15-06-2018 to 23-06-2018. Syed Iftikhar Hussain Babar, a BS-22 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS), presently posted as Secretary National security Division is assigned look after charge of the post of secretary Science and Technology Division in addition to his own duties, during the leave period of Ms Yasmin Massod from 15-06-2018 to 23-06-2018.
Meanwhile, Flt Lt (Retd) Sharukh Nusrat, a BS -22 officer of PAS presently posted as Secretary Textile Division is assigned look after charge of the post of Secretary information Technology and Telecommunication Division in addition to his own duties during the official visit of Aamir Arshaf Khawaja from 11-06-2018 to 18-06-2018.
One more notification, in partial modification of this Division’s notification of even number 06-06-2018, Shamail Ahmad Khawaja, a BS022 officer of PAS, presently posted as Secretary Water Resources Division is assigned look after charge of the post of secretary Aviation Division in addition to his own duties during the leave period of Dr Ijaz Munir from 8-06-2018 to 13-06-2018.
Furthermore, Muhammad Yahya, a Bs-19 officer of PAS presently under the government of Gilgit Baltistan is transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary Prime Minister Officer with immediate effect and until further orders.
Muhammad Ali, a Bs-18 officer of PAS presently posted in Islamabad under Interior Division is transferred and his services are placed at the disposal of PM office with immediate effect and until further orders.
Sources told that Establishment Division had issued these notifications with the permission of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The ECP had banned on May 31, 2018, not to make any transfer posting orders subsequently Establishment Division sends the case to ECP and the department returned the case to Establishment Division.
One officer of Establishment Division told that as the ECP has announced the interim chief ministries in KP, Punjab, and Balochistan now the chief secretaries and IGs of four provinces automatically be changed.
“We are waiting for the directions of ECP then the Establishment Division will take the names from provinces as CSs and IGs,” the officer further told, adding that the ECP will make the final decision in this regard.