February 14, 2008

Army officers’ withdrawal

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 Thursday, February 14, 2008, Safar 6, 1429 A.H.

 Sindh prepares to fill posts with civil servants

By Tahir Hasan Khan

KARACHI: The officers of all grades serving in the Sindh administration hope that the administrative structure of civil bureaucracy, which was disturbed after the posting of serving Army officers on important positions, would come on track following the return of the Army officers.

The sources said the provincial administration had started preparation to fill in the posts with officers of civil services after the officers would return to the Army. The authorities were also working to cancel the service contracts of retired Army officers, they said.

The Chief of the Army Staff, General Pervez Ashfaq Kayani, has already ordered the withdrawal of the Army officers from the civil administration while the caretaker Sindh government has decided to end the contractual system from the provincial administration and replace the retired Army officers with civil bureaucrats.

Sources said more than 29 serving and retired Army officers were working on important positions in the Sindh administration, while the previous political government had reappointed more then 26 civilian officers in different grades, which disturbed the whole administrative structure of the provincial government and also affected good governance.

The World Bank had signed an agreement four years ago with the Sindh government to provide $500 million for improvement in the administration and for good governance. According to officials, $100 million of this amount has been provided to the Sindh government as the first tranche, but the bank stopped the remaining fund after changes in the administrative structure and hiring of officers on huge packages on contractual basis.

Sources said more than 60 officers from Grade 21 to Grade 18 were waiting for posting for the last many years while the government had reappointed more than 26 civil officers and posted them on important positions and posted an equal number of serving and retired Army officers.

Sources said the previous political set-up reappointed two Grade 21 officers, six in Grade 20, 16 in Grade 19 and two in Grade 18 on the wishes of the former ministers and chief ministers. Sources said the main role for posting of serving and retired Army officers in civil set-up was that of Brig (retd) Zamin, who was the principal secretary to the former Sindh government of Muhammadmian Soomro and later Dr Ishratul Ebad. Zamin was later posted as the Chairman Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI). He has also been appointed as a provincial minister in the caretaker cabinet and is holding the important portfolio of Home, while he is still the chairman of the EOBI.

Another officer who held important position in Sindh was Brig (retd) Ghulam Muhammad Mohtaram. He resigned as the home secretary last month, after his period of contract ended. Other military officers are Maj-Gen (retd) Khalid Naeem, holding the office of Director General Disaster Management, Sindh, Brig (retd) Abdul Haq, Project Coordinator for Coordination and Monitoring Unit, Planning and Development department, Colonel (retd) Shahid Qureshi, DIG (T&T), Colonel (retd) M A Wahid, DIG, Colonel (retd) Tariq, holding the post of DIG Prisons, Karachi, Colonel (retd) Malal, DIG Prison, Sukkur, Lt-Col (retd) Usman, holding the post of Managing Director, Sindh Seed Corporation, Colonel (retd) Munir, Director Protocol and Transport, Sindh, Brig (retd) Ahmad Salman, posted as chief of aviation wing of Chief Minister and Governor, Major (retd) Mushtaq Hussain, Major (retd) Muhammad Abbas, Major (retd) Saghir Siddiqi, Major (retd) Tariq Kaleem, Lt-Col (retd) Muhammad Farooq, Colonel (retd) Riaz Husain, Lt-Col (retd) Tahir Raja and Mahboob Husain, Lt-Col (retd) Rahil Hafeez Sehgal, Major (retd) Muzammil Tajammal, Sobedar (retd) Abdul Aziz, Hawaldar (retd) Amanullah while Muhammad Iqbal, Ahmad Tufail Soho, M Alam and Amjad Ali are also serving in Sindh on different posts.

Earlier, 10 brigadiers were posted in Sindh after 1999 on important positions, when Gen Pervez Musharraf took over the control as the chief executive after overthrowing the then civilian government of prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

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