High-powered board to consider bureaucrats’ promotion

Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses civil servants at PM Office

ISLAMABAD: A high-powered board (HPB) meeting is likely to consider promotions of top 100 officials during the course of next week, Pakistan Today has learnt.

Sources told this scribe that the HPB meeting will be held on Wednesday with the aim to promote around 25 officers of different cadre out of reviewing cases of around 100 officers.

The board will consider the promotions of 41 officers of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) against the seven vacant seats. The officers of the PAS who would be considered are Abdus Subban, Syed Tahir Raza Niqvi, Teepu Mahabet Khan, Aftab Habib, Amir Tariq Zaman Khan, Muhammad Rashid, Sohail Akhtar Shah, Dr Allah Bakhsh Malik, Mohammad Misbah, Mukhtar Hussain, Shabbier Ahmed, Allamuddin Bullo, Imran Ahmed, Muhammad Hashim Tareen, Main Asad Hayaddin, Dr Ahmed Bilal, Shafqatur rehman Ranjha, Mohammad Khan, Ahmed Hanif Orakzai, Imran Nasir Khan, Shamsudin Soomro, Iqbal Hussain Durrani, Capt (r) Abid Hussain, Sajid Yousufani, Tahfeen Khan, Zafar Hasan, Dr Jamal Nasir, Mustaq Ahmed sheikh, Tariq Najeeb Najmi, Dr Aamir Ahmed, Capt (r) Nasim Nawaz, Capt (r) Ijaz Ahmed, Omer Rasul, Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Assan Nasir Jami, Muhammad Azam, Dr Syed Pervaiz Abbas, Dr Pervaiz Ahmed Khan, Habibur Rehman Gillani, Muhammad Aslam and Naheed S Durrani.

Similarly, the board will deliberate on the promotions of seven officers of Inland Revenue Services against the two available seats.

The promotion cases of the Pakistan Customs group officers will also be considered. Five officers of the group have surpassed the two years mandatory period of getting a promotion in grade-22 and there are two vacant seats.

Meanwhile, the board will also ponder on the cases of Pakistan Audit and Accounts Service officers as there are three vacant grade-22 positions. The cases of Irshad Ahmed Kaleemi, Ziaur Rehman and Waheed will be considered.

The case of information and Broadcasting Additional Secretary Shafqat Jalil will also be considered against the one seat of the information group.

Besides this, the board will also consider the cases of Police Service of Pakistan (PSP), Foreign Service and Office Management group officers in the meeting.

Officials, on the condition of anonymity, told this scribe that they are optimistic that PM Imran Khan will prioritise seniority rather than the “pick and choose policy which was exercised by the PML-N government.”

It is pertinent to mention here that the HPB meeting happens twice in a year in which the promotions of officials are reviewed who have served a minimum of two years in grade-21.