Three of Shehbaz’s aides retained in caretaker setup


ISLAMABAD – In a strategic move, Interim Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has decided to maintain continuity by retaining three key advisors from the previous administration of Shehbaz Sharif.

Notably, no immediate changes are planned for federal secretaries.

Sources with insights into the matter have informed The News that Dr Syed Tauqir Hussain Shah, currently holding the esteemed position of Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister (PSPM), Ahad Cheema, a former advisor to the PM, and Mohib Ali, a joint secretary, have all been retained by the interim premier.

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Dr Shah is anticipated to remain as PSPM until October of this year, after which he is poised to assume the role of Group Executive Director for Pakistan at the World Bank, where he will serve diligently for a span of four years.

Furthermore, there are indications that Ahad Cheema could be entrusted with a responsibility akin to that of a federal minister, an elevation that underscores his significant role in the new administration. Correspondingly, Abdul Akbar, the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister, is also counted among the dignitaries who will continue to fulfill their official duties.

Parallelly, sources have disclosed that Arshad Muneer Khan, who has been meritoriously promoted to grade-21, is destined to assume the pivotal role of Principal Information Officer (PIO).

In a display of stability and strategic foresight, Military Secretary (MS) to the Prime Minister, Brigadier Tajdeed Mumtaz, will seamlessly continue to discharge his responsibilities within his current administrative capacity.

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