ISLAMABAD  -  The federal government has appointed four retired bureaucrats as members of the Federal Public Service Commission for a period of three years. 

After President Mamnoon Hussain gave approval to the summary, the Establishment Division on Friday issued a notification in this regard. 

The four retired grade-22 officers include Nadeem Hassan Asif, Haseeb Athar, Abid Saeed and Zubair Mehmmod, of them three officers belonged to Secretariat Group and one from Police Service of Pakistan.  

The president appointed all four retired officers as members of the FPSC after exercising  the powers conferred under article 242 (IA) of the Constitution and under sub-section (3) of section 3 of FPSC Ordinance, 1977, as amended from time to time.  

According to documents available with The Nation, the FPSC wrote a letter to the Establishment Division on October 11 and requested to provide a brief bio-data and last posting in grade-22 along with the date of retirement of eight officers Abid Saeed, Muhammad Shahzad Arbab, Haseeb Athar, Khizar Hayat Gondal, Amjad Ali Khan, Raza Seerat, Khalid Saeed and Kamran Ali Qureshi. The information had been sought for processing the proposed names to the prime minister for final selection as FPSC members.  

A former bureaucrat criticized the appointment process of the FPSC member saying the government posted its blue-eyed retired officers as members. He said that the government should have appointed the members on merit because the commission’s prime responsibility was related to the CSS examination and appointments on key positions.  

On Wednesday, the federal government approved the premature retirement of Asif, however, he has also applied the leave preparatory to retirement (LPR) a few days back.    

According to the notification issued by Establishment Division, “the competent authority has been pleased to accord approval to the request of premature retirement of Mr. Nadeem Hassan Asif, a BS-22 officer of Secretariat Group, presently posted as Secretary Cabinet Division with immediate effect.”