PML-N appointees continue to hold posts in government

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ISLAMABAD: Appointments made by the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) in the caretaker government continue to remain in place despite shuffling in other important positions, a local media outlet reported on Thursday.

Advocate General Asma Hamid was removed from her post on Wednesday while Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf resigned from his duties. Hamid and Ausaf were appointed by Shehbaz and Nawaz Sharif respectively.

However, PML-N leader Marvi Memon continues to hold the post of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) chairperson while Abid Waheed Sheikh continues to be the managing director of Pakistan Baitul-Mal (PBM). The aforementioned positions were allowed to be maintained by the former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, allowing the caretaker government to make decisions over their positions.

The Election Commission of Pakistan and the caretaker government have not yet responded to calls by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to remove Memon and Sheikh from their posts.

A former secretary of the ECP 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 has also demanded a complete reshuffling of top bureaucrats even though chief secretaries and inspector generals of police have been reshuffled by the federal government.

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