ISLAMABAD - Secretary Power Division Syed Asif Hyder Shah has gone on ex-Pakistan leave allegedly of the pressure from the incumbent government.

The secretary was allegedly facing severe pressure from the incumbent government over the ongoing power crisis in the country, official source told The Nation.

“Syed Asif Hyder Shah, a BS-22, officer of Pakistan Administrative Service, presently awaiting posting on Establishment Division, is granted 21 days leave on full pay (Ex-Pakistan) from the date of availing,” said a notification issued by the Establishment Division.

Secretary Power was replaced by Rashid Mahmood, an officer of Pakistan Administrative Service. The government on Monday transferred and posted Rashid Mahmood, a BS-21 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service, posted as Chief Secretary Government of Gilgit-Baltistan as Additional Secretary (Incharge), Power Division.

An official source said that outgoing secretary was under unwanted pressure as he was an officer of integrity and was not ready to put his integrity at stake because of the faulty power system.

The source said that it is common opinion that you bring anyone with high calibre and integrity but this decade old rotten power sector cannot be managed in a one week or one month.

ongoing power crisis in country

The source said that he was getting calls from high government circle regarding the energy crises, and he used to reply them “give me gas I will operate the gas base power plants and we will generate extra electricity. It is hard to run the thermal power plants without fuels and you need to buy coal, furnace oil and LNG. All these fuel need money and a green signal from political bosses to procure it,” the source said.

The country is currently facing a shortage of around 7000MW of electricity and the present government is accusing the PTI regime of not purchasing enough fuel to run the efficient power plants. The PTI government is also accused of not maintaining the power generation plants. According the official data, during the second week of April, 27 power plants were under forced outages either of fuel unavailability or technical faults.

It is worth to mention here that Asif Hyder Shah is the son-in-law of the late former Sindh chief minister Abdullah Shah and brother-in-law of incumbent Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah.

Syed Asif Hyder Shah was contacted for his comment, but his phone was out of reach.