PM Imran Khan facing severe internal pressures: Sources

PM Imran Khan facing severe internal pressures: Sources

LAHORE – PM Imran Khan is under severe pressure from bureaucrats owing to the rotation policy, seeking immunity from transfers, seasoned journalist, Ansar Abbasi has claimed.

He said that some of the officials of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government are pressing the premier that he should brush aside his policy to benefit the influential bureaucrats.

“It is expected that Imran Khan might summon the secretary establishment division soon to scrap the transfer orders,” Abbasi cited a source close to the PM House.

The bureaucrats are wary of the fact that if PTI budges under the awe of influential, then Imran Khan’s vision of making the bureaucracy apolitical would not be materialized.

After assuming charge, the PM had amended the rotation policy of civil servants, directing the establishment division to implement the policy in letter and spirit, without granting anyone immunity.

Premier Imran Khan had made an amendment that the officers of Grade 21 or lesser who have served for 10 years either in Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) or Police Service Pakistan (PSP) should serve at the centre of being transferred to other provinces in public interest.

EOL earned leave, study leaves, OSD, training, deputation, posting outside Pakistan would not be incorporated in the consecutive 10-year period served by a civil servant and would not be considered a break.

Under the policy, the establishment division identified a few officials and transferred them; a few of them have joined the duties while others are reluctant who are trying to convince the premier and concerned quarters for immunity.

If the influential become successful in their lobbying, the policy would fail in the same manner as done in the past.