ISLAMABAD - Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar, Minister for planning has sent packing home a senior bureaucrat for not obeying the new orders.
Shahid Zia Cheema, a grade-20 officer currently posted as chief of Public Investment Program (PIP) section was removed after he objected to the Minister's orders.
Mr Cheema had voiced reservations over the revisions carried out by the secretary on the distribution of official works without prior go-ahead of the National Economic Council (NEC), reports *The News.*
In another twist, a new controversy came forth when Ali Bat Khan, a grade-21 officer of Planning Commission posted as the joint chief economist (operation) declined to remove Cheema from his position stating the former had not filed any complaint against the latter and hence he couldn’t be removed without taking him into confidence.
Mr Khan stated illegal orders forwarded by the authorities wouldn’t be enforced by the subordinates taking the decision of Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) in Anita Turab case into consideration. Also, the ministry of planning on the wishes of United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has changed Mr Zafar Ul Hassan from the post of Chief Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Project Director (PD) of SDGs.
Till further notice, all three posts of chiefs PIP, SDGs and PD SDGs have been handed over to Shahid Naeem.