Pakistan Software Export Board chief sacked over ‘security clearance’

Pakistan Software Export Board

ISLAMABAD: The government has removed Syed Ali Raza as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) after he failed to obtain security clearance from relevant law enforcement agencies, sources in the Ministry of Information Technology said on Tuesday.

Raza was appointed as the head of the PSEB, which promotes the development and export of software and IT services, in April by the Pakistan Democratic Movement government.

He worked as the CEO of the PSEB for six to seven months, but was dismissed on the recommendation of the security institutions, the sources said, requesting anonymity.

They also said that the minister for IT&T was unhappy with the performance of Babar Majid Bhatti, the CEO of the National Information Technology Board (NITB), which provides IT services to the federal government.

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Bhatti was appointed as the CEO of the NITB for two years in the last government tenure.

The sources said that the IT&T division had also divided the work related to the Hajj application and portal between the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and the NITB, and transferred some tasks of the World Bank’s economy enhancement programme to NADRA and the Board of Investment, due to the poor performance of the NITB.

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