PM set to kick out officers appointed in violation of rules
Taking notice of the officers’ appointment in violation of the rules, ‘furious’ Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to sack all such officers who were appointed without federal cabinet’s approval, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.
The prime minister’s decision has sent shock waves among all the ministries and departments of the federal government.
As per prime minister’s directive, PM’s Principal Secretary Muhammad Azam Khan has written letters to all the ministries in this regard.
According to details, the prime minister has asked for details of all those officers who were appointed against the rules and has also sought a list of all such officers appointed during the last PML-N government.
A report about recruitments has been sought from all federal ministries and their subordinate departments till April 30.
The prime minister also ordered to present this report in the meeting of the federal cabinet on May 5.
The latest move came a day after the prime minister fired Firdous Ashiq Awan and appointed a new full-time information minister.
Lt-Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa was also set to take on the role of Special Assistant to the PM on Information.
The removal of Firdous, special assistant to the prime minister on information, means that the new information minister, Senator Shibli Faraz, will look after the ministry and the government’s media affairs.
On the other hand, Bajwa is currently working as the CPEC Authority chairman after his retirement as the Commander Southern Command. His appointment was made in November last year after the creation of the new entity.
Previously, he served as the military spokesperson while performing his duties as the ISPR DG from 2012 to 2016. Thus, he has a vast experience of dealing with the media.
The changes came as the PTI has been facing severe criticism due to its media policy amid the reports of Prime Minister Imran Khan being unhappy with the performance of his team.