Major changes in top level bureaucracy


Gardezi new secy information; PM urges officers to come up to nation’s expectations

Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday said civil service has a key role in development of Pakistan and the nation expects them to deliver in best public interest.
Addressing a batch of newly promoted grade 22 officers here at the PM House, the Prime Minister said “we all are part of the same team and we have to work for the betterment of our country.”
The Prime Minister said “our approach in the government should be mission and rule driven. We expect the highest level of integrity and transparency from our bureaucracy.”
The Prime Minister said right decision making was very important, and so was quick decision making.
The Prime Minister congratulated the officers on their elevation and said the decision to elevate these officers was based on merit and transparency.
He said “the character, performance and conduct of officers was the sole criteria for promotions.” The Prime Minister said we expect the highest level of integrity and transparency from civil servants.
The Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, also approved a major reshuffle in the positions of federal government officials. Director General Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Syed Imran Gardezi has been appointed as federal secretary information and broadcasting.
Dr Shujaat has been appointed as special Secretary Finance; Khalid Masood, Secretary Communication; Pir Baksh Jamali, Secretary Ombudsman; Abu Akif, Secretary Climate Change; Abid Javed, Secretary Food Security; Shoaib Siddiqui, Special Secretary Interior; Hassan Iqbal, Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division; Humayun Khan, Secretary Federal Education; and Abdul Jabbar as Secretary National Assembly.
Imran Gardezi is the most senior officer of Information Service of Pakistan. He has also served as DG in PIA, Press Attaché in Pakistani Embassies in Washington and New York, Director General Publicity Wing in Information Ministry, Press Secretary to Prime Minister and Press Information Officer.
Imran Gardezi is currently working as Director-General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation. He is considered an honest and hardworking officer and is seen with great respect in media circles.
The appointments were approved by the premier during his meeting with the said government officials at the Prime Minister’s House on Friday. However, an official notification is expected to be issued.
All those government officials who met the prime minister were grade 22 officers as another bunch of officials will soon meet with the Premier before their respective postings.
Saba Mohsin, Additional Secretary, will hold the additional charge of Director General, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, a statement said.

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