ISLAMABAD - Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhary said on Saturday that the PTI government was committed to follow rules and regulations for implementation of policies.

In a statement issued here, the minister said that bureaucrats were being appointed and transferred as per rules and regulations.

He said that it was for the first time that nine best officers were transferred to Balochistan. He said that the transfer of the best officers to the backward province would help achieve the targets of good governance. The minister said that the officers who had served in a province more than a decade were being shifted to other provinces.

Fawad said the present government was committed to implement the policies according to rules and regulations. The policy was aimed at fulfilling the federal government’s resolve to make the bureaucracy serve the nation, he added.

The minister said that only the rules and regulations, not any liking or disliking, was the basis of this policy of transfer and posting of the government officers.

In a separate statement, a government spokesperson said the federal government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan attaches top priority to the development and progress of the people of Balochistan.

In this connection, as a first step, the federal government has posted nine experienced and senior officers of the federal services to Balochistan to implement important development projects particularly to expedite work being carried out under the umbrella of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Balochistan.

The government, the spokesman, said has carried out reshuffling of such officers who were posted at particular station for long as part of its policy to post officers on merit.

The Balochistan chief minister had also requested for posting of officers to assist the provincial government to carry out its plans aimed at improving standard of the living of people of Balochistan, the spokesperson added.

Meanwhile, the federal government transferred Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Ishrat Ali and posted him as director general Immigration and Passport. The Establishment Division has issued notification to this effect. The notification read that, “Ishrat Ali, a BS-20 officer of PAS, presently posted as Chairman CDA under Capital Administration and Development Division, is transferred and posted as DG Immigration and Passport with immediate effect and till further orders.”

The outgoing DG Immigration and Passport, Amer Ali Ahmed, a BS-20 officer of the PAS, was posted as Joint Secretary Economic Affairs Division.

On the other hand, with approval of the federal government, Afzal Latif, a grade-21 officer of the PAS and posted as additional secretary Establishment Division, was transferred and posted as chairman CDA with immediate effect.

The notification said that Afzal Latif had been appointed as chairman CDA under Capital Administration and Development Division in terms of Section 6 (2) and (3) of the CDA Ordinance 1960.

The federal government has made transfers of several officers to different provinces who were sitting on key positions in Punjab and Sindh. Close relatives of chief minister Sindh and other members of Sindh cabinet have been posted in Balochistan.

Online adds: To implement Prime Minister Imran Khan’s agenda, the new government has notified fresh transfers and postings in the top bureaucracy, sources said on Saturday.

A notification of as many as nine top-level officers belonging to all four provinces has been issued. According to the notification, Muhammad Sohail, an officer in Sindh has been transferred to Punjab, Nadeem Arshad Kayani, an officer in Punjab, has been transferred to KP, Asad Islam, another officer from Punjab, has been transferred to Sindh, Muhammad Ajmal, an officer in Punjab, has been posted in the Establishment Division in Islamabad.

Similarly, Syed Waqarul Hassan, an officer in KP, has been transferred to Sindh, Naseem Nawaz, another officer in Punjab, has been posted to Sindh, Munir Azam, an officer in KP, has been posted in Balochistan, Iqbal Hussain, an officer in Sindh, has been posted in Balochistan and Syed Asif Haider, a grade-21 officer in Sindh, has been transferred to Punjab. All transferred officers have been directed to immediately report to their respective departments.