RE - Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is said to have prevailed upon the appointment of Secretary Religious Affairs, Usher and Zakat Division Naguib Ullah Malik, as Chief Secretary Punjab replacing Javed Mahmood within one year of the latter's posting as CS.
After the disqualification of the top political boss of the province, another top administrative change was of Inspector General Police Shaukat Javed, who had been replaced by Inspector General Motorways Khawaja Khalid Farooq.
Earlier, during the day, in a telephonic conversation Gilani is said to have assured Shahbaz Sharif that he had not issued any orders for these appointments, but the premier managed his pond of flesh at the end of the day, while keeping both sides of the political divide happy and satisfied.
According to a source, during the day on Wednesday, Chief Commissioner Islamabad Kamran Lashari was tipped as CS Punjab, and the required spadework was also done, while this news was repeatedly flashed across the media. "But PM Gilani reversed the decision by sending Naguib Ullah Malik to the Punjab despite the fact that the Governor's House had dispatched a summary requesting the federal government for Lashari's appointment for the most coveted slot in any province," said the source, while adding that Lashari, who was appointed chairman Capital Development Authority in 2003, was considered to be a key aide to former president Pervez Musharraf.
Now after the two top administrative changes in the Punjab, a reshuffle at a large scale in Shahbaz Sharif's chosen administration, is expected in the coming days for which the Services and General Administration Department has already started working, as the officers were called back from their homes on late Wednesday evening.
Secondly, with Naguib Ullah Malik's arrival back in the Punjab, it is also expected that a lot of seniors - repatriated to the Centre after a junior Javed Mahmood was posted as CS Punjab - will comeback as well to fill at least a few slots of administrative secretaries, which were given to Grade-19 officers.
Considered to be a seasoned District Management Group officer in Grade-22 from the 4th Common Training Programme, Naguib Ullah Malik has already been Punjab's Additional Chief Secretary after serving as Secretary Labour and Local Government and Community Development Department in the province. Retiring in December next year, Malik has been Commissioner of his native division Bahawalpur.
Last year, Malik was also sent back to the federal government when the exodus of senior officers was 'managed' for better administration in the province by the previous incumbents, that is, Shahbaz Sharif and Javed Mahmood, both as political and administrative bosses respectively.
Prior to Malik's posting as Secretary Religious Affairs, Usher and Zakat Division, upon his arrival in Islamabad last year, he was posted as Additional Secretary at Prime Minister's Secretariat. However, Malik is back in the Punjab within one year of his exit, where he has spent most of his service in different capacities.
Said to be a blue-eyed of the Chaudhrys of Gujrat as well, Malik is nevertheless well-connected among his seniors, to the likes of Salman Ghani.
Upon Malik's arrival in the Punjab to replace 7th Commoner Javed Mahmood - one of the shortest stints of CS Punjab - the tally of Grade-22 officers in the province will be four, which included Members Board of Revenue Syed Muhammad Hamid, Muhammad Iqbal Shaikh, and Safdar Javed Syed, who are presently working with the Bank of the Punjab.
The newly-posted IGP Khawaja Khalid Farooq, who is retiring in October next year, has superseded Irfan Mahmood, Salahuudin Khan, Arshad Saeed, Shaikh Israr Ahmed, excluding Shaukat Javed, who is retiring on April 22 this year.
Khawaja Khalid Farooq, a close of relative of Farrukh Shah, Media Advisor to Governor Punjab, hails from the second common training course of 1974, and has previously held some important slots in the Punjab police, and is said to have an excellent track record of professional services. Earlier, Khawaja has been posted as District Police Officer in various districts, DIG Range for important ranges as Bahawalpur, Gujranwalla and Faisalabad, besides twice being a CCPO Lahore, and DIG traffic Punjab.
Former PM ZA Bhutto had awarded him the highest police medal of Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal Award during the seventies. The newly-appointed CS and IGP are expected to take charges of their posts on Thursday (today). On the other hand, repatriation orders of Javed Mahmood and Shaukat Javed have been issued on Wednesday evening as well.