Caretaker PM accepts resignation of Baitul Maal MD


ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Friday accepted the resignation of Baitul Maal Managing Director (MD) Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh.

The cabinet, in a meeting presided over by caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Nasirul Mulk, approved to give the additional charge of Pakistan Baitul Maal to the Cabinet Division additional secretary.

The approval to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the governments of Pakistan and Sudan for cooperation in human resource development was also accorded. In the meeting, the approval was given for Government of Pakistan’s US Dollars Denominated Amnesty Bonds Rules, 2018.

Moreover, the cabinet expressed condolences over the demise of veteran diplomat Jamsheed Marker and paid tribute to his services in the field of diplomacy for the country.

The Baitul Maal MD was appointed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) while former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi left it up to the caretaker government to decide the fate of Sheikh and Marvi Memon, who continues to serve as Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) chairperson.

Both Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had urged the Election Commission of Pakistan and the caretaker government to remove Memon and Sheikh from their posts.

A former secretary of the ECP had said that both individuals must be removed from their posts immediately as they have a large pool of funds at their disposal which can be used to benefit a political party.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan had also demanded a complete reshuffling of top bureaucrats even though chief secretaries and inspector generals of police have been reshuffled by the federal government.