Punjab chief secretary surrenders all powers to CM Buzdar

By: News Desk      Published: 12:15 PM, 19 Jan, 2021
Punjab chief secretary surrenders all powers to CM Buzdar

Punjab Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik (PAS) has surrendered all his powers to the provincial chief executive, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

The Chief Minister Office retained all the powers executing all important decisions of transfers and postings.

All secretaries, commissioners and deputy commissioners are now being posted on the recommendations of the Chief Minister's Office sidelining the top bureaucrat of the province, the TV channel reported.

Reportedly, Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik's involvement in the high-level transfer/posting process has been confined to few postings. 

“All powers of transfers/postings of top bureaucrats are being executed by the Chief Minister's Office,” the TV channel reported.

With the ongoing power struggle and least intervention from the chief secretary of Punjab, the provincial bureaucracy has started to go wayward.

The TV channel reported that Additional Chief Secretary Irum Bukhari was also appointed without the recommendation of the Chief Secretary

Now, all the big decisions of the bureaucracy are being taken beyond Punjab Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik. 

The ‘helpless’ Chief Secretary has given to the chief minister a ‘free hand’ for intervention in the bureaucratic matters.