*ISLAMABAD: *Prime Minister Imran Khan may elevate Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Chairman Shabbar Zaidi as his special assistant on revenue aimed at giving him more autonomy in policy matters.
Zaidi may be given the status of minister of state for revenue – a position that fell vacant this week after the prime minister appointed Hammad Azhar as Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Division.
In place of Zaidi, the government may once again appoint FBR chairman from within the tax services, said the sources. Javed Ghani – a grade 22 officer of the Customs Group – was among front runners for the post, they added.
The prime minister on Friday again discussed the issue of Zaidi’s appointment as his special assistant, another source told The Express Tribune. Final decision would be taken very soon, he added.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh’s views will be important on the appointment of new special assistant and the FBR chairman. PM Imran has given full authority to Shaikh in running affairs of the Revenue Division and Finance Division.